Tuesday, June 7, 2011

untitled, by unknown author

Once there was a man on a long journey
who came to a river.

He said to himself:
"This side of the river is very difficult
and dangerous to walk on,
and the other side seems much easier
and safer, but how shall I get across?"

So he built a raft out of branches and reeds
and safely crossed the river.
Then he thought to himself:
"This raft has been very useful to me
in crossing the river;
I will not abandon it to rot on the bank,
but will carry it along with me."

And thus he voluntarily assumed
an unnecessary burden.
Can this man be called a wise man?
This teaches that even a good thing,
when it becomes an unnecessary burden,
should be thrown away...

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