Earlier this week I bragged a little about the fact that I no longer had Upworthy in my Facebook timeline (we all have our own little victories, don’t judge).
One of my friends wanted to know how I did it. He’s looking to block Buzzfeed and HuffPo (good decisions all around). Rather than describe it I took a few screen grabs. I am not enchanted with the Dalai Lama, I get it, he says nice things but when you unwind them they’re the words of a man who was chosen as a toddler to live a life that Maslow couldn’t begin to comprehend. I digress. Here’s how you get annoying sites or fan pages off your Facebook timeline.
1) Figure out what bugs you and then click on the little arrow on the top right, it’s hidden between the “sort: most recent” tab and the “like page” box. For me it’s a kindly old man in red robes.
2) On the pull down menu click “I don’t want to see this”.
3) After you’ve clicked “I don’t want to see this” you’ll get to this screen. This is important, do not click that you don’t want updates from your friend (unless you don’t – I want updates from Kristine) click “Hide all posts from Dalai Lama”. You can click one o the four radio buttons underneath but I’ve never found them to apply. If facebook added an “I’m cranky” option I’d probably click that.
At this point you have removed the site or fan page from your stream.
My twitter stream is full of Dalai Lama quotes. They’re really quite lovely and you’d have to be a bit nutty to not like him and what he stands for. Peace, enlightenment, kindness…. the Dalai Lama is like the happiest man in the world. Except the whole celibacy thing, that’s got to leave him a little cranky and frustrated.
Here’s what I don’t understand. There are endless quotes all over the internet from him. I don’t see anyone quoting the Pope. Why isn’t Pinterest littered with stuff like this?
Let’s face it, this new Pope is quotable and if you stay away from the whole killing of Jews thing… or the molesting of children he’s got some witticisms that should not be missed.
Instead I see the Dalai Lama everywhere and the Dalai Lama fascinates me because he (and it is always a he) is picked in infancy to be a leader. He is raised by monks and has a lifetime devoted to Buddhism.
Quotes like this confuse me.
The Dalai Lama has never paid a mortgage, a health insurance premium or filled a prescription with a small amount of money that he scraped together from his crappy job slinging beer all night after spending the whole day in mind numbing classes getting a college degree in something that will later prove to be totally irrelevant to life but qualify him to get a higher paying job than the poor kids who never went to college. I understand the ideal of ridding ourselves of anxiety but I’ve met many a slacker and their lack of anxiety may have done wonderful things for their blood pressure but I’m not sure I’d want to marry one or even spend much time with one. Slackers make pretty mediocre parents too.
But again the only great rabbinical quote that I could find was from Rabbi Joshua Loth Leibman.
Maybe there’s a bit of tsuris in my DNA but I’m thinking that rabbinical quotes could go over well? I mean we did get the whole of the United States eating bagels, maybe we can get them to accept their tension and embrace overachieving a bit? It would please their mothers.