Trout Lily 2017 02 – Andrew Jackson State Park, Lancaster County, South Carolina, February 27, 2017
On one hand, there is the Buddha,
born to a life of luxury and privilege,
unable to bear the pain of the idea of pain
and spent his life figuring out an elaborate
that taught converts and believers
to disengage themselves
from “the world of illusion”
in seeking the bliss of contemplating bliss.
On another hand, there is “the crippled Roman slave Epictetus
who said, "I have nothing–
but earth and sky and one poor cloak,
yet, what do I lack?
I am untouched by sorrow and fear.
Am I not free?”
On another hand, there is Seneca,
saying, “Not what you bear,
but how you bear it,
is what counts.”
We all must find our own way
of squaring ourselves up
with the reality of how things are
and what we can do about it.
We have to place ourselves
in some relationship
with the facts that limit us
and the crosses that must be borne.
Which gets us to Jesus,
“Let today’s trouble be enough for today.
Tomorrow will have troubles of its own.”
And Epictetus’ reply,
“There are no troubles that aren’t made
better or worse by the way we respond
to them” (Or words to that effect).
Excuse me if this is random, but how would Prussia, America, England, and Romano react if their s/o out if nowhere said "Trust fall!" and then started falling. Would any of them actually catch their s/o? 😂 (I tried this with my significant other, and he tried to catch me but I ended up knocking over and we both fell)