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Gold From a Filthy Place

Al Swearengen

Lately I’ve been watching an HBO series called “Deadwood,” a fictionalized account of an actual gold mining camp set in the Dakota Territories in the 1870’s.  Once I got past the seemingly ever present use of foul language I discovered some of the tightest dialog I’ve ever heard on a television show.  Many of the best quotes come from Al Swearengen, the series’ villain and local saloon owner. In a concise, crass and humorous way the Swearengen character repeatedly delivers many deep philosophical points, as seen from a lowlife’s point of view. 

Below is a quote from Swearengen, followed by a quote from Srila Prabhupada:

“Pain or damage don’t end the world, or despair, or f***in’ beatings. The world ends when you’re dead. Until then, you got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man — and give some back.” Al Swearengen – Deadwood.

“….Every living entity in this world is struggling very hard to maintain himself and survive. This is called the hard struggle for existence….In spite of all our efforts, we remain bound up by the ropes of the material modes of nature….In material life, one is always in a blazing fire of fear, since no one knows what will happen next….All our hopes and plans for happiness and security in this world are ended by death….” Prabhupada – The Laws of Nature: An Infallible Justice.

 I know they don’t match perfectly, but as descriptions of an individual’s struggle in this world they do come pretty darn close….


September 15, 2006 - Posted by | Hare Krishna, Humor, Philosophy, Prabhupada

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