Our problem is one of blindness. We are constantly seeking for that which we have, that which have no need of, that which we think we need but cannot be certain.
If we limited our blindness to things life would be simpler, but our blindness carries over to our search for enlightenment, for redemption, for absolution, and we fail to realize that we have all of that already, if only we would stop looking for them.
A young child does not ask for meaning, all things are as they are until they are not. The foolishness of age causes men to stare in search of meaning they will never find. It is the blind man who will find the diamond.
A reflection on case 119 of Dogen’s Shobogenzo (True Dharma Eye) Koans
The most disturbing thing about lemmings is not that they follow one after another over a cliff or into traffic, it is not the carnage that inevitably ensues, one after another doomed by the need to follow blindly.
The disturbing thing is not the knowledge that lemmings only follow, so someone directed the first in line into a suicidal act.
The most disturbing thing is that lemmings do not commit mass suicide, it is only in our tortured use of cliches that they meet their death.