Monday, February 06, 2006

My Favorite Footnote

My favorite footnote is footnote 8 in Robert Nozick's State, Anarchy, Utopia (1974) where he quotes an old Yiddish joke:

"Life is so terrible, it would be better never to have been born."

"Yes, but how many are so lucky? Not one in a thousand."

This takes on especial significance in the context of the Buddhist teaching that the goal of Buddhist practice is to free oneself---and others---from the cycle of rebirth.

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