Sitting down and watching baseball with a BLT sandwich and ice tea, a friend asked me what the true meaning of the Four Noble Truths.  Stumbling for only a moment, I pointed into television and calmly replied, “You want to know what the Four Noble Truths are, the Chicago Cubs. Every Cubs fan, whether they know it or not, live the Four Noble Truths every single day.”

Perfectly stated, the Cubs Four Noble Truths are:

  1. Being a Cubs fan means suffering.
  2. The origin of suffering is attachment to the Cubs.
  3. The cessation of a Cubs fan suffering is attainable.
  4. There is a path all Cubs fans can take to the cessation of suffering.

Growing up in Chicago meant following a passage of right, from father to son and generation to generation: the Chicago Cubs.  For my father and many of his friends, the Chicago Cubs was time at the old ballpark ‘Wrigley Field.’  There in the glittering rays of daytime baseball, a cup of beer, a Vienna Beef Chicago-style hot dog and bag of peanuts were temporary fulfillment in the aura of continual loss.

Suffering indeed, they did. In later years, this tradition would become the mockery of the National League or as Steve Goodman would phrase, “…doormat of the National League.”  Mr. Goodman also wrote “Go, Cubs, Go” out of spite after then GM Dallas Green called “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” too depressing.  Seriously Mr. Green, read point #1 of the Cubs Four Noble Truths.

According to legend, the Cubs fan suffering all began when Curse of the Billy Goat was allegedly laid upon the Cubs because P.K. Wrigley ejected Billy Sianis, who had come with two box seat tickets, one for him and one for his goat. Upon his ejection, Mr. Sianis uttered, “The Cubs, they ain’t gonna win no more.”  And true to the curse, the Cubs have failed to win, consistently blowing or choking away many potential opportunities.

But being the true Buddhist, if Cubs fans every can control our body and mind instead of repeatedly asking why Carlos Marmol makes almost $10 million dollars a year to lose games and generating wisdom in our own mind, we can end our suffering and problems. To do this, we must follow the Cubs Seven-fold Noble Path.

The  Cubs fan Seven-fold Noble Path is summarized as correct attitude and actions:

  1. Correct thought: avoiding covetousness, the Cubs fan must wish to not harm others by throwing beer and paper cups at opposing players and holding wrong views (like thinking: the Cubs will actually win, etc.)
  2. Correct speech: avoid lying by stating you had a good time at Wrigley Field and believe the Cubs have the ability to get into the playoffs.
  3. Correct actions: avoid strangling the Cubs stress ball at your office when listening to a Cubs game on television.
  4. Correct livelihood: try to make a correct livelihood with the above attitude of thought, speech and actions by not listening to or  watching any Cubs game.
  5. Correct understanding: developing genuine wisdom, that all Cubs fans are similar to Job (that is the Biblical Job), God is testing your honor.
  6. Correct mindfulness: try to be aware of the “here and now”, instead of dreaming in the “there and then.” Do not dream of the World Series. Remember here and now.
  7. Correct concentration: to keep a steady, calm and attentive state of mind in all Cubs losses.

And if you think you have it bad, remember Dale Sveum. In my opinion, for Mr. Sveum, it has to truly suck.

Peace.