As a child who grew up in a one-tv household, without cable, banned from watching MTV at friends' houses, and now a parent running a family without cable and with minimal screen-time, the introduction of a gaming device into our home felt as though decades of negative-perception-baggage were plunked down into our family room, and onto the laps of our salivating children.
The rumor began swirling around the Internet that beloved and loving teacher ThichNhatHanh had died. Then it was said that he was in a coma. Soon his closest student, Sister Chan Khong, clarified that he is alive, in the hospital but "OK."
You know how it is when you're thinking about something and you begin noticing it everywhere? For me, this week, it was karma. I looked up the lyrics to a song and learned I could earn "karma points" by making corrections. I think those are like the ephemeral punk points or scene points rather than a constantly running total on a cosmic spread sheet -- but the popular conception of karma seems to lean toward the spread sheet.
According to knives.com, the cutting-edge parenting resource, the recommended age in years when children can be introduced to knives, while supervised, is two to three. And, although it feels obvious that their research might be strongly influenced, it’s just as difficult to find an opinion that isn’t. I know, because after feeling many times like I was flailing when my children ran for the cutlery, I directed my focus away, and onto the computer. This online quest for knife-safety-tips quickly resembled my fruitless (ha ha, good one again!) search for guidelines for offering dessert to my children, and reminded me that the answer lies not in an external value set, but within.
If you were to go lululemon.com today, you'd see a photo of the Dalai Lama with a quote from His Holiness: "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive." Presumably, pricey yoga clothes are not in the same category.
My son reached for my phone and excitedly recorded his question: “Hi, Siri, Can we eat chocolate?!” To which Siri responded, “One moment please.” The phone’s screen then quickly populated with multiple definitions for the word "ejaculate." With a confused look on his face, my son handed me the phone. Seeing the definitions and repeating in my mind the tone with which my son asked his question and visualizing the shape his mouth made when he spoke the words, I pictured his wide toothy smile, followed by his eager voice hurriedly asking, “eat chocolate,” and I fell to the floor laughing.
The Dalai Lama, the world's best-known Tibetan Buddhist, stirred things up this week with an interview in which he seemed to suggest that he should be the last to hold that title. “The 14th Dalai Lama now is very popular. Let us then finish with a popular Dalai Lama,” he told a German newspaper, which interpreted it to mean he did not want a successor.