Meditation and the White Men

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

meditation… lol, is more of a rich white man's obsession of the eastern mystic.

sure, it helps, but poor life with semi-hunger also works.

it's, like, banana vs broccoli, which is better? it's novelty that gets your attention.

in the 60s, there are drug craze… LSD, grass… and there are scientific reports on how they enhance creativity. In particular, the artist types thrive on it for inspiration.

i was born in Taiwan (aka Republic of China), grew up there up to 14. In Taiwan, vast majority are Buddhist. In Taiwan, every few steps on street you'll see incense burning or burning paper money for the dead, every few blocks you'll see a temple, big or small.

even i grew up in Taiwan, where everyone is Buddhist, but i don't think i've heard of anyone who does meditation. We've seen enough of it in kung fu movies, thank you. LOL. It's the white men, in particular, rich, white, men and women, who has got nothing to do every day, are all gung-ho about zen, yoga. (and among white programers, they are like, zen this or dojo that every day.)

maybe meditation is good. But living in poverty, might be better.