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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Daily Musing - April 23rd, 2013 - Trap - 陷阱 - Xiànjǐng

Trap - 陷阱 - Xiànjǐng

Aging is irreversible
but some people never realize.
Science finds unexpected benefit

of careful application of poison.  
Botulism became botox;
facial paralysis repackaged  
as cosmetic enhancement.   
Perpetually frozen expression,
just an associated expense
of beautification.
Confidence, only sought through others,
while awareness of self is deferred.
Endurance is tested daily,
by tension, stress, and fatigue,
but recovery cannot occur
under chemical tranquility.
One's hope for the future
should never rest solely upon appearance,
as what lies in one's heart
truly defines self-worth.   

 
      
How many of us feel trapped in a miserable life? We see all this suffering around us and we sympathize with the plight of others feeling similarly. We do not take the time to think of how we (and others) ended up in the current situation. We should all realize where our lives are going, but we often fail to track the decisions that confront us on a daily basis.

There are many people who do not care, no matter what they do. They may shrug their shoulders, blaming their troubles upon circumstance. They live an unhappy life, and seem to justify it as an unavoidable destiny. Illness, stress, divorce, parenthood, and death all seek to trap us, and oftentimes do.

Those who follow Tao do not wish to end up like this. They wish to be free, to avoid being a victim. Therefore, although it is a difficult path to tread, a follower of Tao must constantly seek to expand the boundaries of their life. They do not wish to be exploited or enslaved, and are willing to cross the line beyond what is "normal" to find happiness. By breaking down the walls of preconceived notions and prejudicial attitudes, one's eyes open to what is truly important in this world.