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Forgetting to Exist

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The American monk and theologian Thomas Merton (1915–1968) adapted some of the work of the Daoist philosopher Zhuangzi (370–287 BCE). Here is a bit of Merton’s adaptation, with slight changes of my own:

Once three friends were discussing life. One said:

“Can people live together and know nothing of life,

work together and produce nothing?

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David Breeden

David Breeden

Poet, Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, a Humanist congregation. Amazon author's page amazon.com/author/davidbreeden