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brief update

I haven't had time to read LJ much, or post. The other night we watched a documentary about asking the Dalai Lama 10 questions, or something like that. The part of the movie with the history of Tibet and Buddhism was the most fascinating. We fell asleep watching it so it has kind of faded from my memory already. But the part that struck me was the observation that poor people in India are actually happier than the rich. The Dalai Lama said this is because when you have less, you have less to worry about.

Assuming those poor they refer to at least have a roof over their head and know where their next meal is coming from, I think this must be true, in any country.


I think it depends more upon the kind of person you are inside. I know a number of very kind, generous and happy wealthy people. But a good deal of my family in Ukraine is quite poor (though they do have a home and food) and quite bitter about it.

I think those who are most content are those who have realized that there is a bigger picture to see than owning the next latest and greatest thing. There is a better world waiting to be seen if one turns off the television commercials and experiences the natural way of the world.