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The other pandemic

Postby Ben » Sun May 03, 2009 12:04 pm

Some light relief:
http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wrin ... -ar66.html
But not for the faint of heart!
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Re: The other pandemic

Postby Fede » Sun May 03, 2009 2:42 pm

"Keep young and beautiful,
It's your duty to be
beautiful!
Keep young and beautiful,
if you wanna be loved!"

oh dear, how dreadful, the trials and the tribulations of some folk, just break my itty-bitty heart..... :tongue:
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: The other pandemic

Postby genkaku » Sun May 03, 2009 4:14 pm

Fun stuff, Ben ... dry and wry, but fun.

Thanks.

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Re: The other pandemic

Postby Jechbi » Sun May 03, 2009 5:55 pm

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Rain soddens what is kept wrapped up,
But never soddens what is open;
Uncover, then, what is concealed,
Lest it be soddened by the rain.

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Re: The other pandemic

Postby pink_trike » Sun May 03, 2009 6:31 pm

heh...funny. I live in the realm of conspicuous "cosmetic enhancement". This place just swarms with 70-90 year old folks who have the face of a well-fed, stress-less 40 year old and the glossy hair of a twenty year old. When I first moved here it was unsettling to hear 80 year old voices rasping out of these smooth-faced, gilded, wide-eyed, perpetually smiling creatures. No signs of a wrinkle pandemic here yet (but I have noticed that the serious infestation of Hummers that arose a few years ago seems to be over).
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Mind is Empty
Emptiness is Clear Light
Clear Light is Union
Union is Great Bliss

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Re: The other pandemic

Postby Fede » Sun May 03, 2009 6:55 pm

Ah Jechbi, the evil of sunbeds! And you're only 27 in that picture!!
"Samsara: The human condition's heartbreaking inability to sustain contentment." Elizabeth Gilbert, 'Eat, Pray, Love'.

Simplify: 17 into 1 WILL go: Mindfulness!

Quieta movere magna merces videbatur. (Sallust, c.86-c.35 BC)
Translation: Just to stir things up seemed a good reward in itself. ;)

I am sooooo happy - How on earth could I be otherwise?! :D


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Re: The other pandemic

Postby appicchato » Sun May 03, 2009 9:16 pm

The ear ring is cool... :pig:

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Re: The other pandemic

Postby genkaku » Mon May 04, 2009 2:01 am

pink_trike wrote:heh...funny. I live in the realm of conspicuous "cosmetic enhancement". This place just swarms with 70-90 year old folks who have the face of a well-fed, stress-less 40 year old and the glossy hair of a twenty year old. When I first moved here it was unsettling to hear 80 year old voices rasping out of these smooth-faced, gilded, wide-eyed, perpetually smiling creatures. No signs of a wrinkle pandemic here yet (but I have noticed that the serious infestation of Hummers that arose a few years ago seems to be over).


PT -- Did you ever see the movie "Brazil?" There was a quite horrifying/hilarious theme of two 40-50ish women getting perpetual cosmetic surgery. One turns into a vivacious twenty-something; the other remains as swathed in bandages as The Mummy.

And, associatively, I once saw a comedian I don't much care for doing a riff on his new wife. He seemed very pleased that she had various post-graduate degrees and was smart as a whip. He didn't much mind the various parts of the anatomy that might get old and saggy -- there were doctors who could fix that. "But stupid," he said, "is forever."

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Re: The other pandemic

Postby zavk » Tue May 05, 2009 8:40 am

I love 'Brazil'! Thanks for mentioning it genkaku, I'm going to watch it again. :popcorn:

I must say aging and getting wrinkles on my face don't worry me a least bit (this is not to say I won't in the future). I say this not because I've had some deep realisation about the truth dukkha or anicca. But being of Asian descent, I easily look 5-8 years younger than I am. People are often taken aback when I tell them my age, or when I'm asked for my ID. To which I always ask, 'How many Asians do you know who actually look their age?' Or I indulge in frivolous speech by saying, 'Oh well, I've learnt to accept that I'm blessed with youthful good looks. I'm not surprised if people envy me'.
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