To dream of butterflies – Chuang Tzu
Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi) was an early Taoist who lived around the 4th century BC. I was going to write this down from memory but I got lazy tonight and do have a headache. So here it is from Wikipedia and it is consistent with my memory of the brief story. enjoy!
Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn’t know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn’t know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was Zhuangzi. Between Zhuangzi and a butterfly there must be some distinction! This is called the Transformation of Things.
Every so often, this comes back to me from college days and a class on East Asian history. This summer morning I saw the shadow, on the concrete walkway to my front door, of a butterfly in flight that flitted past me before I could get a good look at it. It was almost a satori moment.
Here is the link if you want to read more:
You might also enjoy a brief essay from last night:
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