“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” [Abraham Lincoln]
Divisiveness, animosity, and antagonism are the cornerstones of a life based on fear and disconnection. Ironically, we are the most "connected" society in human history, yet we are also the most "egocentric". Buddhist traditions remind us that even our supposedly "worst" enemy can be be our greatest teacher. My enemies also lie inside of me—My battles with addiction and mental health issues have revealed to me inner strengths that would have been left buried were it not for the presence of these "enemies" within me.