[Buddha-l] the 4 ages: age of alone

sjziobro at cs.com sjziobro at cs.com
Sun Jun 20 17:47:31 MDT 2010


Why could nostalgia not be beneficial in some manner when it figuratively brings one to a state of mind where harmony, love, and goodness enlivened one and energized unsuspected potentialities?




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From: JKirkpatrick <jkirk at spro.net>
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Sent: Sun, Jun 20, 2010 7:24 pm
Subject: [Buddha-l] the  4 ages: age of alone

One of the un-rewards of old age is the slow die-off of old

friends and family, distant or close. Sort of prepares one for

the final aloneness.  I just saw an article about how Pakistan's

PM--Asif Ali Zardari-- has to figure out some kind of an energy

plan, at this late date, of course. He is not known for looking

far ahead. It prompted thoughts of an old pleasure--discussing S

Asia politics with my first and late husband--who was an Indian

but a Muslim too, and so had interesting analyses of doings in

Pakistan. I live in a desert--no really: literally, in Idaho, and

figuratively in a very provincial ultra Republican place. They

don't even have S. Asia on the curriculum at the state U nearby.

Nobody here for such chins chins, except our son. I can't of

course go after him every time I want to talk about India or

Pakistan. Or even about Buddhism. One mindful thing he and his

wife did was to dump TV when it went digital. 

Meanwhile, I'm back on TV watching the Pebble Beach golf

tournament. I'm a native of California and the vistas around this

golf club are pristine California as I remember it back in the

40's. Some things resist impermanence, but nostalgia probably is

not a mood that's all that beneficial?  




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