Life’s Not A Pilgrimage

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 20 2012 @ 5:08pm

Dan Colman dug up this charming meditation on how we should live, animated by Trey and Matt in 2007:

Alan Watts began popularizing the teachings of Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism in America during the 1950s. He taught at the Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco, wrote Way of Zen and other bestselling books, gave talks on the radio (listen here), and developed TV programs introducing Americans to the seemingly exotic practice of meditation. Don’t miss his 1960 TV program called "The Silent Mind." … Meanwhile, the aesthetic is distinctly South Parkean, minus the outrageous potty humor, of course.

I've posted on this before, a couple of times. Good to see others catching on. And try Watts' books. My fave: The Wisdom Of Insecurity. Made sense of my life in one particularly precarious period. And speaking of South Park, Steve Almond, in an invective against The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, gives high marks to Matt and Trey:

South Park indulges in a good deal of bathroom humor—perhaps inevitably, given that its protagonists are ten-year-olds. But the show is far more radical than its polished stablemates for the simple reason that it is willing to confront its viewers. Parker and Stone savage both the defensive bigotry of conservatives and the self-righteous entitlement of the left. They accomplish this not by riffing on the corruption of our media and political cultures, but by creating original dramas that expose the lazy assumptions and shallow gratifications of the viewing audience.