All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage. All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.
Dhammapada V. 1-2
I will only make one quick comment on Thursday's Presidential debate (because millions upon millions have already been written. I was pleasantly surprised and gratified to see Kerry perform so well. Well enough for the Repugs to admit he won. Hope springs eternal.
This afternoon I attended the matinee performance of the Tony winner for Best Musical, AVENUE Q. It was brilliant. Some shows are purely entertaining and leave you satisfied on a that level alone.
This show was entertaining, relevant, inventive, earnest (yes that can still be a good thing) and it really resonated with a sense of urbanity, confusion, intellect and wonder at a world in which the rules and expectations bend and mutate on a weekly basis.
The show touched on education, ambition, the search for purpose and racism and deftly wound these subjects around the story of a group of New York people (and puppets) trying to survive one day at a time.
One hilarious song was about the Internet and contained the refrain, Kate: The Internet its for research and buying... - Everyone Else: ITS FOR PORN. Just grab your dick and double click."
The show's stars were a group puppets, Rod, Princeton, Kate Monster and their neighbors and friends. Its a great show, a must see if you live in or come to visit New York.
One further surprise was looking at the Playbill and seeing that a high school classmate of mine was the musical director. Way to go Steven.