They hover all round us
Tell me you don’t feel them
Be trusting, be open
But be nobody’s fool
“One sees them everywhere – businessmen hoisting themselves up on tiptoe, struggling desperately to succeed. They are overflowing with anxieties so there is no longer even any room for love of their fellow beings. They are, therefore, themselves unloved and regarded as being no longer human.”
…..– Chuang Tzu (c. 369 BC – c. 286 BC)
Two children were each given an acorn to plant.
The first was interested, pleased, impressed, deeply moved as it gradually grew into an oak tree, a transformation she could never have anticipated, scarcely have believed possible.
The other was bitterly disappointed.
She had wanted a beech tree.
The weakened ego
Exhausted by eternal strife
Bows, gives up the ghost
It’s always your assumptions
That lead you astray
Ah, things we’d rather be
No, don’t let us go there
We’ve been here long enough
To know where longing leads
The Old Prophet went up into the mountains in search of God, and there he had a great Realisation.
And when he returned again to the tents of his people, they gathered round him and said, “Tell us, O Prophet, what manner of creature is this God?”
And he looked at them for a long moment, deep in thought.
And finally he said, slowly and unblinkingly, “God is a verb.”
And behold, the people bowed down and worshipped dictionaries.
– From The Book Of Guff