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By: Chuang Tzu (c. 369 BC-c. 286 BC)

 

The Great Deception

The birth of man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in present.

 

By: Chuang Tzu (c. 369 BC-c. 286 BC)

 

From the book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche !  (page 17)

 

Hermit Poet’s notes: I can relate to this in not that I’m hoping to live forever, but the fact that I have started to have minor health issues and soon will be 57. Most days I feel like I’m 37, and look 47, other days feel 67, but the BIG problem is I’m having trouble slowing down. The missus and I have throughout our 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and early 50’s worked hard, but played much harder. Together, we have sucked up life to the fullest. She is even starting to experience a shoulder issue that has stopped her from working in the garden and not having the mobility as before.

I’m having trouble mentally feeling physically that I cannot go on and on all day long. I try to hold on to my youth by working out and working in the garden- trying even harder to stay in shape.  I still want to eat and  drink anything and forget watching my cholesterol. I’m foolish to not be ready to accept sliding into my 60’s.

 

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