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13 August 2008 @ 08:22 am
Tao of the Day: A Tree by Any Other Name...  
This [twisted] tree may be useless as lumber,
but you could rest in the gentle shade of its big branches or admire its rustic character.
It only seems useless to you because you want to turn it into something else
and don't now how to appreciate it for what it is.
- Chuang Tzu (trans. Timothy Freke)

A branch is cut from a living tree, then chiseled and painted to make a ritual vase.
The leftovers are thrown away as rubbish.
Everyone says that the vase is beautiful while the leftovers are ugly.
I say both are ugly, because they are no longer the natural, living tree.
In the same way I judge virtuous saints and vicious sinners as equally misguided.
Whether through good or bad motivation, both have acted against their true nature.
Neither are natural human beings.
- Chuang Tzu (trans. Timothy Freke)
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yvetteserpentmoon on August 14th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
M: Hey, Ralph, what's the secret to happiness?

Ralph: Want what you have.
Kburgunder on August 14th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Kburgunder on August 15th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
p.s. What's this quote from?