Art by Brian McLachlan from the Artests inspired exhibition, Lovable Badass
Whenever I get stressed I try to say metta, a sorta loving-kindness prayer. May you be well, peaceful and happy, to basically everybody. Now Ron Artest, a Los Angeles Lakers basketball player, has applied to change his name to Metta World Peace. Artest was previously known for punching a fan in a huge brawl, dog and domestic abuse charges and other celebrity regularities. He has since changed dramatically, donating extensively to mental health causes and advocating for PETA.
This name change is the most dramatic change yet. It’s said to be pending, but they’ve already changed his name on WikiPedia. I get the Metta part, but I think the World Peace is a bit much. Who’s to say. The walls of this reality are bendy and we shouldn’t take them so seriously. It’s nice when celebrities go peacefully weird.