Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Poem From Issa

Thus spring begins: old
stupidities repeated,
new errs invented

- Issa

I wonder how old Issa was when he wrote those lines? Generally, one must be old to say such things without bitterness or cynicism. Was Issa without bitterness or cynicism when he wrote those lines?

I wonder.

Sometimes with age comes acceptance of the world as it is. But bitterness and cynicism are not acceptance. Instead, they are rejections of the world as it is. So, which do you think is better? Acceptance or bitterness and cynicism? Which is wiser? Which sees more clearly? Which is more life affirming? And which is more conducive to happiness?

My thanks to Whisky River for the quote.

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