I caught up with Ben on the weekend. I was using his computer to check Dhamma Wheel and such, and accidentally stumbled upon an online banking transaction in which an anonymous person from California had transferred a significant sum of money into his account. I was curious about it, but I didn't ask Ben what the story was.
Later, after this knife incident...
... I realised it was an assassination attempt! Thankfully I managed to thwart it though, through the innovative use of a set of tongs. Unable to take me out of commission, Ben was obliged to return his commission to the anonymous sender of said funds. The appropriate authorities have been informed.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"You've got to focus on what's really worthwhile in life, which means resisting a lot of the currents in our culture" (Thanissaro)