Thursday, June 22, 2006

strange world we live in...

Sorry Grant, but under these conditions I REALLY wouldn't want to be Japanese (and I don't think you would either).

Bush is still a moron.

Do we really care if H. Duff is still a virgin or not?

This makes one have second and third thoughts about hating your job.

Yet another reason why AOL sucks.

It's raining cats and dogs...I should stay in bed today...

4 comments:

Grant said...

I've heard a lot of that blamed on the strain Japan places on it's people - long hours at the office and six day work weeks. I think that's also why they have more people leaving the country than entering. I personally invite all Nihon no usagi to come live with me. =)

local wannabe said...

... i'd like to be a Japanese sunset shining bright like Buddha's bald head ...

jackt said...

What is it with the jokes about Buddha? I don't see Buddhists making fun of Jesus, but I see Judeo-Christians making fun of Buddha all the time. Let's show a little respect.

local wannabe said...

[Annush, I sincerely apologize for continuing this discussion here, but i know of nowhere else to reply. Normally I'd brush it off and move on. One of my pet peeves, however, is being misinterpreted. If anyone would like to comment to this comment feel free to drop a line on my blog]

Hey Jack,

It's Local wannabe. You recently replied to a comment I made about Buddha's Bald Head. First of all I am sorry if it offended you as it was not my intention. It was not even my intention to poke fun at or ridicule Buddha. What I wrote was a simile. I was comparing a Japanese sunset to Buddha's head. As you probably know a buddha is someone who has reached enlightenment. Symbolically, one who has reached enlightenment is depicted with light comming out of his head. This is because in esoteric mystical practices one is said to rech the highest level of consciousness when he has awakened Sahasrara Chakra on the crown of the head. At this point in spiritual evolution a practitioner can easily come in and out of Samadhi, or Nirvana. Though I have never experienced Samadhi i have read many accounts of the experience from many yogic masters and they are all very similar. Even though all of the masters say the experience is beyond words they do their best in describing the state as a superconscious all transcended light. It is also a blissfull experience where all concepts of the material (including reaction to insults) break down. This material world, in a sense, becomes irrelevant, a mere stepping stone to other levels of consciousness beyond the human sphere. Buddhas bald head, therefore, is not an insult but a symbol of respect for the transcendant level of consciousness he attained in this world. It is, in a sense, the brightest shining light capable of being experienced by a human. Now, I have a fascination with Japanese Sunsets. I've had it since a kid. I know in this life I would never get the opportunity to become a Japanese sunset, but I do like to dream. And when i dream I enjoy stretching the limits of the mundane. I, therefore, would like to be the brightest shining, most blisfull sunset on earth. What better comparison than Buddha's bald head.

I guess you can say I am a bit naive. I am a big proponent of human rights and personal freedoms. This has led me to law school to study human sovereignty and what not. Aside from my academic path I engage myself in daily spiritual practices aimed at helping me get started on the path. I also have a high degree of tolerance for most forms of freedom of expression. My reasoning is that if we take things to seriously nothing but anger and trouble will manifest and this perpetual cycle of chaos will continue to be manifest. Therefore it doesn't bother me when someone calls me a spic or a fag or pokes fun at my religion. As such, when I'm around those close to me, i try not to censor my words. As a novice Hindu I am slowly ocmming to the realization that God is in everything, even in the language we use. It is therefore impossible to disrespect god because god is potentially disrespect Him/Her self. This may sound strange, but that is because we look at it through the filter of humanity, where it is instinctual to cringe at "disrespect." Now, in the real world, i am completely aware that most are intolerant of disrespect. They feel it is a direct challenge against their person and beliefs. As such I am very careful of what I say. when I wrote that comment I did not see any way it could be interpreted as disrespect because my intentions were not such. Again I am sorry if it offended you. However I don't completely agree with this Judeo-Christian/ Buddhist distinction you made. Buddhists are just as capable of making fun of things as Judeo christians are and it is unfortunate that people try and defend their beliefs not by living them out but by putting others down because ultimately we are all on the same path.

I am curious to learn more about your beliefs whatever they may be. I have met so many people on the path and have learned a great deal from them all. Every person brings a fresh new perspective to this so called life a perspective that for the most part is distinct from others.