|A River Flows Through Northern Sierra Madre|
National Park - Philippines
No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
The simple fact is that we live in a world of conflict and opposites because we live in a world of boundaries. Since every boundary line is also a battle line, here is the human predicament: the firmer one's boundaries, the more entrenched are one's battles. "The more I hold onto pleasure, the more I necessarily fear pain.
The more I pursue goodness, the more I am obsessed with evil. The more I seek success, the more I dread failure. The harder I cling to life, the more terrifying death becomes. The more I value anything the more obsessed I become with its loss."
Stated another way: Most of our problems are problems of boundaries and the opposites they create.