We create our suffering is what Buddha would say. Timothy Leary may have mumbled to turn on, tune in, and drop out. It’s getting exhausting and tiring, too, listening to our leaders speak. I am trying not to hear any of it. So, I go for a walk in a local park each afternoon.
I have always been a fan of tye-dye. I have a collection of shirts. One says “Woodstock” commemorating the counter-culture concert from 1969. I happened to have it on the other day as I made the loop at the park. Many people made the peace sign, and I had to remind myself I was wearing the shirt. Also, I haven’t cut my hair since my cancer diagnosis, so its down past my shoulders. I wondered what would happen if I succumbed to the heat, age, and hangover of an alcoholic’s mid-life, right there in the park. I wanted the names of the people who would just step over me or help drag my body off the path, so I wasn’t in the way. Gotta burn those calories.
I have always felt people are generally good, and I still think that is true. It is getting harder to believe that. Both the common man and people in a position of authority say and do so many stupid things. The contrasts are overwhelming. Like our depression level joblessness producing a record of 2.5 million jobs last month. Is that a clerical error? News reporting error? Or, is it true?
Whatever it is and whatever problems we have were created by us so I think Buddha is right. Let’s start here. Just enjoy the holistic acid trip we are all on and wait for another day to solve all these problems. Let’s be the guy who goes to hear Neil Young play Old Man and screams Powderfinger. Or just, be the ball, Danny.
Remember this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3akC_INsFc