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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, December 21, 2003

Thought for the Day

I am chatting with Judith on IM and she's come up with a wonderful image.  Thought i'd share it here :

"i have this wonderful image - mantra - way of thinking - we are clay, if we are brittle we dry up and crack into a million pieces - dust - but if we stay maleable and fluid we can always reshape or be reshaped"

Reminds me of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha, where he uses three symbols and images in the novel: the potter's wheel, the caged bird, and the river.

"The potter's wheel, once set in motion, turns for a very long time and then eventually stops; it is similar to the wheel of the ascetic, the wheel of thinking, the wheel of discrimination which revolve for a long time in Siddhartha's soul."

His use of the river as a metaphor too is powerful - as a symbol for the flow of life, its continuity, and its ability to hold myriads of things while still representing unity and oneness.

Something to think about in a world that so often puts you in hard-cast moulds, that clips your wings and cages you and drowns you rather than letting you go with the flow of discovery. 

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