August 16th, 2003

don't fear death

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satellite is back on. i don't watch much tv, but i like to have my satellite on sunday nights for dead like me and sex in the city. they are the only shows i watch, or try to, on a regular basis and i've missed the last two episodes.
i'm going to the party tonight :)
don't fear death

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i also watch World Link TV a lot. this is where i prefer to get my news....from a source outside the bias of american reporting. i just watched Dan Cruickshank and the Lost Treasure of Kabul.
i remember sitting in a dusty internet cafe in dharamsala, india, waiting patiently for my email to load. i was always out of touch with the news because i had to prioritize my surfing on such a slow and unreliable connection. it wasn't often one could catch the phone lines and the electricity on at the same time and when i did, i went straight for email. i liked this little cafe. it was small and cramped. the computers were old, but it had a certain charm and a world ambience. travellers from all parts of the world sat among robed monks and local indian teenagers peering through the cyber windows of the world. an austrailian man a few terminals down from me shouted out, "the taliban are destroying statues of the buddha." everyone turned to him and listened as he shared the details that had finally loaded on his machine. there was a long silence.
"they are confirming buddha's teachings," i said. "all things are impermanent."
i was sad, but yet i remember thinking how the taliban were, in fact, confirming the very thing they were hoping to destroy.

The tallest Bamiyan Buddha
Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie/NGS