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The Folly Of Our Concerns

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[Man] sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.

~ The Dalai Lama

Written by MattAndJojang

August 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

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  1. The Dalai Lama just pegged America with that statement. His words are a good, soothing tonic in the midst of what’s going on here with the markets, not to mention world markets.

    I suspect he and Shakespeare would have gotten along. After all, it was Shakespeare who said something about “getting and spending, we lay waste our powers”.

    One subject, two perspectives.

    Oh – and one bit of irony. It’s so blasted hot here that I’ve not been working after noontime. I had a touch of heat exhaustion this week and it was a good reminder that it isn’t worth sacrificing health to make money!


    August 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

  2. I agree, Linda. With what’s happening in the economy in America, and the negative effect it may have on the world economy, it is indeed wise to heed to the words of the Dalai Lama.

    I just finished watching the news, and it was reported that last week was the worst for the US market since 2008. Also, Standard & Poor’s (for the first time) downgraded the credit rating of the US for AAA to AA+. Ironically, the primary factor for the downgrade was not the fiscal situation of the country (although it makes sense to listen to the Chinese when they say that the US government must learn to live within its means), but the present political climate, which, I guess, refers to the bickering between the Democrats & Republicans, among other things.

    I suspect that not only Shakespeare would have gotten along with the Dalai Lama but also Jesus. When I read this quote, the first thing that popped up in my mind was Jesus words: “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his life?”

    We’re fortunate enough to live in a mountainous area where the temperature throughout the year is always between the high 60’s & mid 70’s (which is an exception in a country like ours that has tropical weather). So, you can say, we enjoy cool weather throughout the year. However, during this time of the year we have to contend with typhoons. So far, our country had 3 or 4 typhoons which resulted in a lot of damage to property and loss of lives. I guess, we all have challenges and problems to contend with no matter where we are in this planet. The important thing is to take care of ourselves, and to respond to these challenges in a positive and constructive manner.

    We hope that you’ve recovered from the heat exhaustion, and you’re feeling better now. God bless!.

    ~ Matt


    August 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

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