The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

A ridiculous comedy

Where there is beauty, there is ugliness.
When something is right, something else is wrong.
Knowledge and ignorance depend on each other.
It has been like this since the beginning.
How could it be otherwise now?
Wanting to toss out one and hold onto the other makes for a ridiculous comedy.
You must still deal with everything ever-changing, even when you say it’s wonderful.

– Ryokan

quoted in the book “Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing”


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