Why are we living? LO30839

From: AM de Lange (amdelange@postino.up.ac.za)
Date: 12/05/03

Replying to LO30832 --

Dear Organlearners,

Rene Post <renepost@xs4all.nl> wrote:

>At started the thread "Why are we living?" with the question,
>"Why are we living?".
>The latest messages in this thread were about a taxanomy of
>problems. It is good that At remarked that a question doesn't
>need to be a problem.
>He wrote,
>"The fact that i could not find a satisfactory answer to it created
>a problem for me. But the question itself is no problem for me
> -- it is something which simply requires an answer".
>I would propose that even that is not necessarily. One can entertain
>a question like "Why are we living?", without looking for an answer.
>This is how in Zen koans were used, koans are not answered, but

Greetings dear Rene,

Thinking about my diversity of thoughts there in hospital converging
onto one thought -- "why are we living" was definitely a "koan"
experience in Zen meditation. I forgot completely about koans. Thank
you for reminding me.

I have found many anwers to the question "why are we living?". Each
new answer made me realise that the previous answers were only part of
the comprehensive answer. The fabulous responses of fellow learners
also confirmed it. I think that accepting all these answers as part of
the comprehensive answer is in some sense a resolution rather than a
better answer.

South Africa is almost ten years beyond the era of Apartheid for the
better of all its peoples. However, there is one blot upon this
accomplishment -- violent crimes which often results into death --
perhaps the highest in the world. People seek reasons for it. But it
also makes people think as they never did before -- what is the sense
of living?

>A good text to read about Zen koans is Zen Koan Practice
>by Genjo Marinello
>[See below for URL... ]

Thank you. Fellow learners may also have a look at
< http://www.ashidakim.com/zenkoans/zenindex.html >
which lists and tells 101 koans, or "parables". It made me think,
bearing in mind the parable of the boiled frog. Should we not begin to
create and collect parables which tells about facets of a LO (Learning

With care and best wishes


At de Lange <amdelange@postino.up.ac.za> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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