May 20, 2003


Pete and I watch reruns of "Dharma and Greg". We don't watch a lot of TV together, but we both find ourselves laughing at this one. It's a nice way to relax together at the end of a day. Through the magic of TIVO the reruns are set to record automatically. ...Always noticed that after the credits, something flashed on the screen for a moment that looked like a page full of writing. And wondered, but didn't how what it was. One day I hit the 'pause' button and found something neat.

They are Vanity Cards. Written by the creator of the series, Chuck Lorre, they flash on the screen for exactly two seconds. Now I won't delete the episode without reading the Vanity Card, They can be silly, or sweet, sometimes a rant, but often profound. An internet search found a site where i could see the whole collection. The episode I watched last night had this Vanity Card at the end:


I believe that the very act of believing in something causes us to distance ourselves from that thing, thus a duality is created: oneself and the thing in which one believes. Now since we all know that in order to fully understand a thing one must be that thing -- walk a mile in its shoes so to speak -- it seems obvious that the state of believing in something inevitably causes us to not truly understand that thing in which we believe. This noncomprehension leads to all sorts of difficulties. "I believe in love" has a better than even chance of leading to divorce, while "I believe in God" seems to end in variations on the Spanish Inquisition. But -- and it's a big but -- if one were love, one couldn't help but be affectionate and caring towards oneself and others. If one were God, one would act toward all beings and all things as if they were one's own creations. And that, my friends, is the secret of life in a two-second vanity card. Of course, the secret could also be "Sit, Ubu, sit." We have to keep an open mind.


It seems obvious to me that the "fall from grace" began when the human brain decided that dualities were reality. At that instant, we distanced ourselves from truth forever. I believe that all other life forms live in a state of grace because, to them, things are not good or bad, they simply are.

What do you think?

Yes, I know I watch too much TV! And now there is blogging....

Posted by Judi at May 20, 2003 11:26 AM | TrackBack

I wish so badly I could get Chuck Lorre's email address if anyone has it.....I miss Dharma and Greg and want it back if not something close to it

Posted by: misty at June 3, 2004 3:31 PM

His current show is on CBS, "Two & a Half Men" though I don't really care for it.

Posted by: Justin at June 4, 2004 5:24 AM

I too, miss the charactors of Dharma & Greg. By now, I have seen the reruns of most of the episodes a number of times.

There are vanity cards at the end of Two & a Half Men. but the show leaves me cold.

I've never found an address where one can write to Chuck Lorre. I'd just like a little book of his Vanity Cards.


Posted by: Judi at June 4, 2004 8:44 AM has all his vanity cards for Dharma & Greg and Two and a half Men.

Posted by: Bill at September 15, 2006 9:30 AM
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