Chuang Tzu Story - The need to win

When an archer is shooting for fun
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind.
His skill has not changed,
But the prize divides him.
He cares
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win

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5 comments:

  1. Ah, desire. The making of a man into a crazy thing.

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  2. Yes,desires making mankind crazy.That is why Buddha said that if you want happiness,be desireless.
    Thanks The Crow.

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  3. I know what you say is true, but American culture presses us to believe that without desire, we'll accomplish nothing. It's hard to stand firm and work towards pure acceptance.

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  4. In a way, American culture is right. Not much gets accomplished without desire. On the other hand, what is there to accomplish?

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  5. Yes,you are right The Crow.If American philosophy is right then Americans should be the most happy people..Are they???
    Thanks Rose King and The Crow.

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