Somedays, but not many, I find myself caught up for a few moments, perhaps even an hour, in the magic of the top photograph or something similar. The world seems non-threatening, a paradise. I feel part of a concerto of life and I love its simplicity, its grandeur. I feel the warmth of the sun, hear the birds singing, feel a gentle breeze and I am content.
Most days I find myself in the predicament of the man in the bottom photograph. I absorb each item of the news and each item seems to tangle with a myriad others and soon I am caught in a wire cage trying to make sense of the world that humans have created and I ask myself, “Why, why, why do they do what they do? Why are they so stupid? Why can’t they learn?”
Then I say to myself: “Why can’t you learn?”
I say sternly: “Changing the world is impossible, a fool’s errand!”
I say: “Focus on the lotus flower, see only the lotus flower, see that it wastes not a second of its life worrying about what happens beyond its pond. Learn from it, oh, intelligent being.”
Friends, abandon the world and live for the special moments! It’s all you have and it’s all you’ll get.