“Attachment is the root of sorrow”- the Buddha
“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose”- Kris Kristofferson
“It’s not much of a tail but I’m rather attached to it.” Winnie-the-Poo
I’ve actually let go of a lot of stuff in my lifetime. Sold it, broke it, lost it, watched it walk away. I should be as free as a bird by now, because, as pop wisdom would have it, letting go and eliminating attachments is the sure path to purification, or at least some kind of happiness.
Another truism is that it’s better to have never had anything than to have had it all and lost it. But I wonder, does the pauper suffer less because he’s never spent a night at The Four Seasons or ridden in a limo? I doubt it, and besides, according to the Buddha and Kristofferson, the pauper shouldn’t be suffering at all, being so detached and all. Continue reading