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Eilif, a Faroese ram who kept the grass at the community golf course, often contemplated the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. In particular, he thought about how suffering arose from craving. This was on Eilif’s mind because he was overwhelmed by urges to dress up as Sir Elton John at his Madison Square Garden in August 1982. Eilif knew that the path to enlightenment went through letting go but also that the blue silk knickers and jacket would go smashingly with his cream-colored wool, and the feathered hat would perfect the look. In that sense, Eilif was an ordinary sheep.


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