Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dear Kirby-

A symptom I experienced on the silent retreat I went on was feeling a little humor deprived. Every time one of the teachers told a story or shared an anecdote that I thought was funny, I loved it to the point of obsession. To this day, I remember stories and punchlines from the week and still have no perspective on whether or not they are worth sharing.

One day on the retreat, Grove, shared a comic with us. Ever since I got back and can use the internet whenever I want, I have spent a great deal of time searching for this comic, certain it was one of the most profound witticisms I had yet encountered. I've looked, I've enlisted a friend to look, and I've emailed Grove, asking him to please tell me the author and title of comic. His communication on this EXTREMELY important topic has been spotty at best, and I finally decided to let this little comic-finding project go. Wouldn't you know that just when I had let it go, an envelope arrived in the MAIL with a copy of the cartoon inside.

The words read: "Dear Kirby- After all these years of meditation, and in spite of your endless ridicule, I have finally reached 'universal consciousness.' I have transcended to a higher plane. I am everywhere and nowhere, non-existent and eternal, all seeing and all-knowing. You, on the other hand, can go suck an egg."

Yep, I can't remember exactly what it was about this that hit my funny bone so hard in the midst of all that silence.

The other day, I was talking with a friend of mine who used to eat a vegan diet and was thinking about going back to it. She told me back when she was vegan, so were all of her friends, and there was a lot of ego around it for them. They liked to go to restaurants and announce it, make their friends who weren't vegan feel bad about it, that sort of thing. I handed her my favorite book on the subject, Yoga and Vegetarianism. "Personally, I kinda like to keep it to myself," I said, "And if the subject comes up the last thing I want to do is make anyone feel uncomfortable." I do it because I believe it will help me find "a state in which separateness of self and other dissolves in the realization of oneness of being," because I believe "otherness is the main obstacle to enlightenment." Long story short, you won't find me telling any Kirbys to go suck an egg.

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