The 27 Club
They tried to make me go to rehab and I said no, no, no...
-- Rehab by Amy Winehouse
Some 2,500 years ago, Buddha offered the advice that the best path through
life is the middle way. The former prince who gave up his kingdom and
all its pleasures to live naked and alone in the forest prior to becoming
a holy man learned that too much or too little of anything was no good.
In particular, he meant money, fame and power.
We seldom think about the benefits of the middle way here in the West
where songs such as If I Had a Million Dollars by The Barenaked Ladies
and I Want to Be a Billionaire (so freakin bad) by Travie McCoy spell
out the daydreams of millions of people. Winning the lottery, bagging the
cute bachelor on TV, dancing to the stars and the meth-rush euphoria of
being named an Idol are the dreams of our society as expressed in the
media. No one wants to get voted off the island, even though that might
offer a saner, happier life.