liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,
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Perspective is Everything

You can't talk about the ocean
with a frog who lives in a well;
he is bounded by the space he inhabits.

You can't talk about ice
with an insect who was born in June;
he is bounded by a single season.

You can't talk about Tao
with a person who thinks he knows something;
he is bounded by his own beliefs

The Tao is vast and fathomless.
You can understand only by stepping
beyond the limits of yourself.


From the Chaung Tzu. 17
via Stephen Mitchell, The Second Book of the Tao.

Originally posted by bobby1933 at But I Don't Know The Frogs Language Or Mind, And Can't Know What The Frog Knows.
Tags: awareness, belief, consciousness, identity, insects, isms, knowledge, oceans, poetry, religion, science
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