I must whole-heartedly agree~~
While I do not have children-- I spoil my 4-yo nephew endlessly.  He is  a true 
sports-nut;)  His current passions are golf, basketball, and football.  I 
recently sent him a box of "surprises".  
An official college football jersey... official golf-ball set of that team, 
along with a huge box of matching tees .  Plus a golf towel, glove, "Golf-Aid" 
first-aid kit to carry in his bag.
To make matters worse.. thinking to myself that its time he starts learning 
about $$ now that he is officially in pre-school, I sent a digital football 
piggy-bank, along with rolls of coins to deposit, and  practice his counting 
skills.  (Someday he'll realizes  that those  jerseys cost  anywhere from $30- 
$50--thats a lot of coins).  
Yes~  those funds could  have been spent on service to others.
He was  very excited when he opened his goodies, and immediately put on the  
jersey to go to a football game with his parents.
It made my day.. k

--- On Tue, 9/21/10, Chris Austin-Lane <ch...@austin-lane.net> wrote:

From: Chris Austin-Lane <ch...@austin-lane.net>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Re: Sharing religions
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 7:40 PM


Ahh, every culture has repellent bits. Just the other morning I caught myself 
spending so much time ianswering email on my smart phone that I did not wake my 
daughter up until 7 am, depriving her of a promised early morning read aloud 
time from Journey to the West from her father.  Getting caught up in the 
smart-phone stimulation of my system at the expense of reading to our children 
is I'm sure going to be widely condemned in the future.  

I'm certainly not going to go and classify some arbitrary list of cultures into 
"Good" and "Bad"  What would the wisdom of that be?

On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 6:53 AM, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:

At the present time, which cultures do you regard as 'repellent' and which not?

What is it they say, regard one thing as repellent and you are a thousand light 
years from heaven?  

You have been posting lots of historical things that we certainly all consider 
to be repellent.  Perhaps I was hasty to use the word, my point was I would not 
myself claim to be better than people in the past who experienced various 
conditions that I don't.  



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