Sunday, June 13, 2010

Bike Buddhas, Car Buddhas, Weebles, and Soccer



I have a new post over at Life as a Human webzine. It's about the World Cup, sports economics, and a bit of nostalgia. Check it out.

Continuing with the tangentally related posts, here is a wonderful post about biking and all the excuses people make for not biking. I don't expect everyone will suddenly become bike commuters from reading stuff like this, but maybe, as Barry from Ox Herding said recently, everyone could shift their behavior 1%. Maybe you'll bike that 6 block drive to the store you are currently making. Or you'll skip the drive to the gym and take a ride through the park on the weekend instead. It's one way to address oil spills, at any rate.

Here's a cool little post about meditation and Weebles. You may remember playing with Weebles as a kid. Maybe not. Either way, you might be asking what does a kids' toy have to do with zazen? Read Lawrence's post to find out.

And finally, here's a short announcement about Buddha figures for use in people's cars. I've seen people place many objects, including Buddhas, on their dashboards in a sort of alter style. As someone who wants to dismantle the car-centric culture we have, I kind wonder what to make of such displays. On the one hand, it's very true that people often spend a lot of time in their cars, and that such space is just as "sacred" as anywhere else. Yet, I also wonder what it means when millions of folks adorn their cars in ways that make them more central to their lives than even their homes.

2 comments:

wakeupandlaugh said...

"I also wonder what it means when millions of folks adorn their cars in ways that make them more central to their lives than even their homes"

Hi Nathan,

Here in Thailand, you'd be hard pushed to find a car without a Buddha on the dash!

Now, I don't think those cars are more central to people's lives than their homes are, but yes, I agree with you about how awful the world's car culture is. But a Buddha on the dash is a good good thing.

I can only wonder at how many lives have been saved by someone seeing the Buddha and remembering to slow down and act with compassion.

All the best,

Marcus

Nathan said...

Thanks Marcus. That's a good point. I agree that anything which will get people to slow down and calm down while driving is of benefit.