Saturday, November 17, 2007

Good Thoughts and Good Deeds?

The Mongolian President, Nambaryn Enkhbayar, sounds an interesting man.  He's quoted in this article as saying that:

"...the very important point that Buddhism makes is that you can find the way to make life better by peaceful means, not swords and arms, but good thoughts and good deeds."

This is also a man who's translated Tolstoy and Dickens into Mongolian and was, he says, inspired to enter politics through reading Tolstoy's Resurrection and Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.  Possibly not your standard political animal, then.  I imagine any discussions with his US counterpart would have made intriguing listening.

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1. Peter said...

The lands beyond the Rhine and the Danube always seek to produce the most interesting political leaders. Now, as long as he can maintain his ideals and stay practical, without lapsing into musings about the role of the intellectual in society, he might be a force to be reckoned with.
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2. Michael+Walters said...

I'll certainly be keeping an interested eye on him...

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