Life on its Journey ... Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2021
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The Story of Lo Zu and the Little Bird Eggs

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A group of students came walking by and they observed the aged Lo Zu to be peering deep into a large, flourishing bush. The students remarked to themselves that Lo Zu would often be seen closely examining things of nature… nature’s treasures. “What are you observing,” the students fondly asked of Lo Zu. “Life on its journey,” replied Lo Zu. One of the students remarked, “Well, I’ve heard that one before from you. Do you mean deep within that bush is life on its journey?” Lo Zu responded, “I am observing you traveling students; it is yourselves who are life on its journey. And since one is not truly mentally separate from what one observes, this old entity, too, in seeing you, is life on its journey.”

“Interesting remarks,” the students replied. Lo Zu invited, “Take a look at the little eggs within the nest deep inside of that bush. Tell me if you see an egg that looks apart from the rest. Please tell me what you see.” The students eagerly peered into the bush. They excitedly exclaimed, “Yes, Lo Zu, one of the eggs seems to be apart from the rest. It seems different and separate from all of the others.”

Lo Zu replied, “The one is different, but is it really separate?” One of the students answered, “Well, it is different, but it is not really separate from the others; it fits in and is together with them.” “Exactly,” said Lo Zu, “It is different, such that you can distinguish it from the rest, yet it is together with the others, contacting them, and is not separate from them. When you look at things, they seem to be different from what you are — and they are different — yet what you look at, (in other words) what you observe, constitutes part of your consciousness and, therefore, is not really separate from what you are.”

“Profound observation,” the students remarked. Lo Zu then interjected, “Listen to this carefully. Whoever thinks that he (or she) is separate from what he (or she) is, inevitably falls into a lot of needless conflict and friction. Such people go through life fragmented, mentally crippled, and broken up into needless pieces. Beware of accepting separation as the norm (such as is what is taught and endorsed by all of the fighting and competing others). Please look deeper and see without all of the separation. There is great beauty and joy in that.”

The students thanked Lo Zu and went on their way. But only one had really listened passionately.

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. Hi, Tom. I hope you’ll have no trouble remembering me. I used to write the late “Sock Monkey Say” blog. Since closing up shop on that project, I’ve revised and republished a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel which you can check out on my author’s page hosted by WordPress. The book probably will never will a Pulitzer Prize, but it has earned the Sock Monkey Seal of Approval. I always enjoyed your thoughtful posts and am glad to have found you again. Your post brings to mind a personal experience with cowbirds. A pair of beautiful cardinals had built a nest in a lilac bush next to our bathroom window, and it was always a delight to watch the progress of their preparations for a new brood. It was not pleasant to see that cowbirds had also been keeping an eye on the nest, and even less pleasant to see that eventually they’d deposited a couple of their own eggs among the cardinals’. I admit that I was sorely tempted to remove the cowbird eggs as I regard cowbirds as unattractive parasites, but I didn’t. Ultimately, they’re like every other living critter, aren’t they, trying their best to perpetuate themselves. And really, beauty is only feather deep.

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    • “Beauty is only feather deep.”… that’s a good one. Best of luck with your book. πŸ™‚
      I was tempted to remove the cowbird egg as well… but didn’t. I noticed that what was probably the female cowbird standing on the ground while looking up at the nest that had her egg in it. Maternal worrying perhaps? Nature does some pretty weird things with weird experiments (that sometimes seem disorderly and wrong). Human beings often do disorderly things that are wrong (but we do heartfelt, good things as well). It’s a strange world… but (like the egg) it’s the only one we’ve got.

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      • It is amazing what they can deduce today, using DNA analysis, from even the tiniest fragment of bone or tooth! Fascinating. πŸ™‚

  2. Delightful teaching story – excellent closing – perhaps practicing passionate listening adds some speckles to what others observe of the passionate listener…

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  3. Tom, this is spectacularly awesome. I especially love this part where Lo Zu says to the students:
    β€œIt is different, such that you can distinguish it from the rest, yet it is together with the others, contacting them, and is not separate from them. When you look at things, they seem to be different from what you are β€” and they are different β€” yet what you look at, (in other words) what you observe, constitutes part of your consciousness and, therefore, is not really separate from what you are.”

    What an amazing photo you shot. πŸ“Έ I so agree with you with your summation: “Such people go through life fragmented, mentally crippled, and broken up into needless pieces. Beware of accepting separation as the norm.” Great perspective my dear friend! πŸ§πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š

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      • Oh I can’t agree with you more Tom. It’s amazing how some people are quite comfortable living in an illusion and are non the wiser! πŸ˜• Great post my friend! πŸ€—

  4. The cowbirds have learned how to find foster families for their young. Yes, they are different, but the parents treat them as their own. If only more people could learn to treat those who appear different as part of their family. Nice photo and story, Tom!

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  5. These are wise words Tom … I always enjoy the Lo Zu wisdom imparted on your readers. The nest and eggs photo is superb and perfect for this tale.

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    • Thank you, Linda. πŸ™‚ I sometimes feel like i am putting time into what people only superficially read and then brush aside.

      I will not be doing volunteer work at the local hospital for a while, as i had suggested. I will be having total knee replacement surgery somewhat soon.

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      • Blogging is rewarding but also disheartening sometimes Tom. A fellow blogger has a homespun-type blog about “the simple life” having grown up on a farm and getting much enjoyment out of her garden, baking, reading and using her mother’s artwork in her posts. Her 90+ mother took up painting in her 70s, inspired by Bob Ross. So last week her post, (admittedly long, but mine are also long), was commented on by a few readers as “overly long” so this blogger said she felt “deflated” and hurt and thus put a word count at the end of this week’s post. I don’t understand people sometimes. Just “like” it and move on, or skip it. A few bloggers followed me and their posts consist of stringing together memes about current topics on the internet … this is not blogging, nor is there any effort in it. But I guess if that is what people like these days ….

        I’m sorry to hear you have to have a total knee replacement … I do know people are released from the hospital much sooner and on their feet in record time, compared to recent years with the same surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you have someone that will be able to assist you at the house until you have 100% mobility again.

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