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The Story of Lo Zu and the Supposedly Religious Monks (Yet Another short Lo Zu Tale)…

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A couple of young men were walking near to where the aged Lo Zu was resting. He was sitting on an inclined large log with his meandering cane resting along his side. Then they observed Lo Zu walking — with his curved, wooden cane — to a nearby evergreen tree, where he presently stopped and began stooping next to the tree, looking at something down low toward the ground; he had a big smile upon his bearded face as he looked at something upon a blade of green.

The young men asked Lo Zu what he was gazing at. “Life on its journey,” reported Lo Zu.

Just then, a group of monks came walking by, all with shaved heads that were bowed down, with eyes only staring at the empty path that they were treading upon, while their “leader” marched ahead, “leading them.” The two youth said to Lo Zu, “Many say that you are the wisest man in all of the lands, yet we see that you do not march with the others and go to the temples.”

Lo Zu replied, “They march with their heads held down — not looking around whatsoever — and follow a path which they’ve been walking upon for centuries, and that path, honestly, is empty and dead. Life is not flowering in such a path. They do not look around to freely and joyfully perceive the beauty of the skies and the miracles of nature; they follow a leader who may be as blinded as they are. They spend time in the temple. It is full of man-made statues. They revere these lifeless statues, all of which were made by thought. They revere a dead product of their own creation. I, however, do not enter the temples. I remain away from the cold, lifeless buildings and spend time with nature, with creation… life. I am neither fascinated by dead, empty paths, man-made fabrications, nor with leaders who lead others to closing their lives away from life and the beauty of existence. Their fancy garbs and decorative buildings do not make them truly religious. Being religious is a living thing. If you are going to worship something, worship that poor, elderly woman toiling in the fields. Help her to carry her heavy load to her home (without asking anything in return).”

Life on its Journey ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
Life on its Journey … Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021

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  1. I fully agree with Lo Zu. Great story. I see people all the time walking with their heads down missing all the joy of life.

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  2. Wise words! Beautiful telling. Thank you! (From campsite in Arkansas forest – rain falling – a natural one-up on any temple)

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  3. Good thing I didn’t blink and miss that bug traveling dangerously on the edge. πŸ™‚ Imagine what people would see if they didn’t have their heads down looking at their phones all the time – I wonder about walkers at the Park who do this – why bother? We have a new idiot at the Park. He has a big dog and its leash is made of some type of rags which leash drags on the ground behind him. Dogs aren’t allowed per the ordinance and fine info – I informed him once as he lets the dog run, leash dragging and he chases the squirrels up the trees. So that’s one thing – squirrels stay up there, no horrible harm, but his new trick is letting the dog go after the geese … some with goslings. Stupid … they all take flight but the goslings aren’t that old so that have to herd them over to the water, the whole time the gander is hissing and flapping its wings. I hope the gander goes off on the guy and the dog … no words. Thanks for letting me rant. Go to the Park to enjoy nature and look around, not at your phone or this clown.

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    • You probably should call the local sheriff or conservation officer on this thoughtless man. It’s sad that such superficial minds are in existence at all. The authorities won’t tell him that it was you who put out a complaint. Our neighborhood is full of such thoughtless people. (The world is chock-full of them.)
      Yes, staring at their cell phones, oblivious to nature. Why bother to go there?

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      • I’ve never understood this guy at all, but I had an instance about three years ago at Lake Erie Metropark where I witnessed a duck hunter, in a low camouflage boat, speed up and drive the boat through a huge group of Mute Swans that were paddling on the Lake together. The swans all took flight (very haphazardly I might add) and it appeared none were injured. I had the DSLR with me and had the long lens (kit lens 75-300) on and got the guy’s boat license and a clear look at his face. But I was worried to report him to the DNR in case of retribution. A year later, a park ranger was showing me some beaver chews and as we walked along I told him and asked if he would have lost his boating license or hunting license … he said he’d lose neither, just a slap on the hand. Turns my stomach Tom.

        I follow the Michigan Duck Rescue and Sanctuary on Facebook. I contacted them and gave them photos of the two friendly ducks who were begging for food from all the walkers. They came right up to us – not usual behavior. They were Khaki Campbell ducks and the guy at MDRS told me they likely were dumped by their owners and to tell him if I saw them and he’d come rescue them. I never saw them again. It was Winter and I worried about them all Winter. So today Matt (at MDRS) posted about a duck he rescued yesterday. He learned the owner was “tired of raising ducks and sicced his dog on them. The poor duck nearly had its head torn off.

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