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    Chinese Parable (1)

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    A puffer fish was swimming along in a river as he suddenly crashed head first into a pier. He didn't know it should be him that should avoid the pier, but rather indignantly believed it was the pier that had collided with him on purpose. So, the puffer fish opened it's gills and fins, blew out it's stomach, flouted to the surface of the water and stayed there for a long long time without moving. At this moment, it so happens that an eagle came along, snatched him up quickly and devoured him that very second.

    Stop. Think a while.
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    一隻河豚在河裡游泳﹐ 突然---- 一頭撞在橋墩上。 牠不知道自己應該避開橋墩﹐
    反而十分憤怒的認為是橋墩故意撞上牠的。 於是﹐ 河豚張開了鰓和鰭﹐鼓起肚
    子在水面上漂浮著﹐ 好久好久一動也不動。 這時候﹐正好有一隻老鷹飛來﹐ 很快
    的把河豚捉住﹐ 一下子就把牠吃掉了。


    停一停, 想一想 。
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    智慧寓言, 中華民國八十九年一月初版
    Parables of Wisdom - Republic of China, Jan. 1989, First Edition
    Translation: GV

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    for the fish, balance would have been to keep going, not let it bother him, and to maintain his original calmness. be mindless.
    "Life is a run. In attack we run, in defense we run. When you can no longer run, time to die" - Shichiroji "Seven samurai"

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    Which is not a form of control?

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    What is this obsession with control? People who are always about being controlled usually are not in control. Does that make sense?

    No really though what is this obsession?

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    ah well i think its just a state of mind

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    Is this a story about xingwei?

    Sounds vaguely familiar...
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    It's not obsession; it's a conversation.

    On the contrary, i would say that like this puffer fish, you have to first acknowledge the anger and then look into the root of the anger. After which you may start to understand it's control over you, so that you may eventually begin to have control over it, and see it's futility.

    Or else you will forever be eaten and never no why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onesp1ng
    Which is not a form of control?
    yes a form of controlling oneself, therefore, not being controlled.
    "Life is a run. In attack we run, in defense we run. When you can no longer run, time to die" - Shichiroji "Seven samurai"

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    [PHP]yes a form of controlling oneself, therefore, not being controlled.[/PHP]

    Not necessarily. In this case, if there was a need to change, isn't it a reaction to some outside stimuli?(You are hungry so seek out food, you see women and crave sexual satisfaction, and so on.) The puffer fish gets hurt when he is angered, for after he "looses it," he floats to the top and is instantly eaten. His anger controls him, then the Eagle controls him. He has yet to observe his behavior, his loss of control, so lives without the knowledge of why he will soon die. And because he can not foresee what will happen next, there is no reason for him to attempt to overcome his behavior, to change. He's a blind, pissed-off little fish. Now if he were able to see the outcome as we can, what would he do and why?
    Last edited by onesp1ng; 02-16-2006 at 10:28 PM.

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    i'm gonna say again with control, but seems to stem a bit more over stuborness, due to the fish not realizing that it was its fault not that of the pier, and floating there waiting for an apology or for the pier to move. not realizing that the pier is inanimate, the fish stayed there and ended up being consummed by his anger/frustration/pride

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