ducks in blue

ducks in blue

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We forget purity too much. We make compromises with our hygiene in
the name of expediency. We allow our mountains and seashores to be
polluted for the sake of the marketplace. We allow our minds to be
sullied with frivolous entertainment. War is thought to be a viable
option, principle is considered a negotiable quality, our children are
victimized by strangers, and obscenity is considered a valid subject for

Where is the purity in our lives?

We marry. We divorce. We don’t care whom we hurt in life. We think
loyalty is a charming but meaningless virtue. We sacrifice the values of
our youth to purchase the glory of our later years.

Where is the purity in our lives?

We think that if we can triumph in one golden moment, that will
dissolve all the other filth we preoccupy ourselves with. We uphold the
greatness of athletes who want to have that one moment of triumph. We
laud the battlefield hero as the redeemer of our guilt over the horror
of war. We have fostered madmen who think that shooting a gun, hunting
down animals, committing suicide, or slashing prostitutes in the street
is their means of purity.

Where is the purity in our lives?

Seek purity. It may not be easy. It may not be common. But it is the
one state that we can attain that is without compromise.

365 Tao
Daily Meditations
Deng Ming-Dao
ISBN 0-06-250223-9

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