This was posted on 4/9/09 on DQW’s Facebook

For the last year or so, I’ve been trying to follow a show on NBC titled “Life”. It stars Damien Lewis and Sarah Shahi and is the story of a detective (Lewis) who was recently released from prison after serving twelve years for a crime he did not commit and his new police partner (Shahi). It seemed kind of weird at first, but by time the pilot episode was finished, I was hooked.

Needless to say, I recommend it to y’all. But here’s the thing. NBC, doing what NBC does, moved the show around to different time slots and nights that they’ve pretty much killed the ratings for the show. I actually don’t think they’re going to renew it for another season. But don’t fret, I own the first season on DVD and as soon as the second season comes out, I’ll purchase that as well and they you can borrow it from me.

So anyhow, why am I writing a note about the show. A friend sent me a link to the season (possibly) series finale and it was fabulous. A side plot in the overall story is how the detective got through his 12 years unjust imprisonment. The quick answer is “Zen”. He read all there was to know about Zen philosophy and now lives his life by it. Usually each week, there’s some Zen lesson involved with an episode. I wanted to share with you this weeks lesson. And it goes a little something like this:

What we learned as children, that 1 + 1 = 2, we know to be false.
1 + 1 = 1.
We even have a word for when you plus another equals one.
That word is …

Sometimes you hear something so simple, it’s astounding … and that’s why I’m writing this note.

Oh … and to tell you to either goto to view this show online, or find it at