“We speak of three kinds of laziness. The first is simply to spend all your time eating and sleeping. The second is to tell yourself, “Someone like me will never manage to perfect themselves.” In the Buddhist context, such laziness makes you feel that it’s pointless even trying, you’ll never attain any spiritual realization. Discouragement makes you prefer not even to begin making any effort. And the third kind… is to waste your life on tasks of secondary importance, without ever getting down to what’s most essential. You spend all your time trying to resolve minor problems, one after another in an endless sequence, like ripples on the surface of a lake. You tell yourself that once you’ve finished this or that project you’ll start giving some meaning to your life.”—
Matthieu Ricard, in his book of conversations with his philosopher father, “The Monk and the Philosopher”
When Musicroom.com reached out to sponsor Creative Something this week they also proposed a post that I felt was intriguing enough to share. Today’s article is that very post, from guest writer Emily Buchanan. Without further ado, here’s Emily.
This may come late as I may not have watched the debate, and in high school I may not have taken debate, but I was in pre-calculus & theater and I’m curious why anyone would exclaim with confidence that eliminating a program that equals about one one-hundredth of one percent could alter a multitrillion dollar debt? Enough to discuss at this level without expecting any repercussions or backlash.
Obviously there are more important issues at hand, I am fully aware, but that soundbite about a puppet, that 81% of children between the ages of 2-8 watch and have watched, begs to be a concern. Albeit, a minor concern. About 0.012% of a concern to be exact.