“Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, "Oh, no! The candle is out.”
The second monk said, “Aren’t we not suppose to talk?”
The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?”
The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak.”
Source: John Suler’s Zen Stories to Tell Your
Each of us likes to find and defend unique justifications for his opinions and actions.
However, if we look closely at our attitudes and those of others, we will often end up finding similar reasons, actions and results.
We are more alike than we realize…