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Words are Imprisoning

Mark Twain said, “It was so cold that if the thermometer had been an inch longer, we would have frozen to death.” It’s not the cold outside that matters, but the thermometer. It’s not reality that matters, but what you’re saying to yourself about it. There was a farmer who lived on the U S - Canadian border and when they were drawing up the border, the farmer had to decide whether he wanted to be in US or Canada. After a long time he said he wanted to be in US, but he didn’t want to offend the Canadian officials. So, when they came to him and wanted to know why he wanted to be in the US, he replied, “It has always been my desire to live in Canada, but at my age I wouldn’t be able to survive another Canadian winter.”

The United States and Canada are only words, concepts, but not for human beings, not for

crazy human beings. We’re almost never looking at reality. A guru was once attempting

to explain to a crowd how human beings react to words, feed on words, live on words,

rather than on reality. One of the men stood up and protested; he said, “I don’t agree that

words have all that much effect on us.” The guru said, “Sit down, you son of a bitch.”

The man went livid with rage and said, “You call yourself an enlightened person, a guru,

a master, but you ought to be ashamed of yourself.” The guru then said, “Pardon me, sir, I

was carried away. I really beg your pardon; that was a lapse; I’m sorry.” The man finally

calmed down. Then the guru said, “It took just a few words to get you upset; and it took just a few words to calm you down, didn’t it?” Words, words, words, words, how imprisoning they are if they’re not used properly.


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