Friday, March 25, 2011

Part # 146: We’re Slaves to Our Attachments

The second of the Four Noble Truths, the most fundamental tenets of Buddhism, tells us that the cause of all suffering is attachments. As one of the authors of the standard that defined email attachments (MIME), I bristle at this gross exaggeration. Surely attachments are responsible for no more than 25% of human suffering. (Most of the rest, I think, is caused by cancer, reality television, and okra.)

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