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Old 01-06-2009, 05:19 AM   #13
toasterhed
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Here is my two cents. I think that the functions of the macrocosm and microcosm cannot be contained within any words in the human language.

Furthermore there are those of us whom simply embrace death as part of life and live for the sake of the fact that we are already here and living, so why not embrace all aspects of life? Maybe I'm not hitting the nail on the head but that's what came to mind for me.

What kind of existence would it be if all we did was worry about how to stay alive instead of enjoying life? But indeed many people are a slave to that very concept. How true... let us learn from that example if nothing else, and enjoy the zest of life. There will be plenty of time to worry about what comes next when your dead. And even if nothing happens, at least you had a good time!

To quote a nice translation (or perhaps even interpretation if you will) of a verse from the Tao Te Ching, it still retains it meaning and in fact is easier to understand than the original Chinese text:

Existence is beyond the power of words
To define:
Terms may be used
But are none of them absolute.
In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words,
Words came out of the womb of matter;
And whether a man dispassionately
Sees to the core of life
Or passionately
Sees the surface,
The core and the surface
Are essentially the same,
Words making them seem different
Only to express appearance.
If name be needed, wonder names them both:
From wonder into wonder
Existence opens.

- Witter Bynner, 1944
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