The title of this post is a quote by Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet. I thought of it when I read the below quote.
When someone’s giving his view of things, I’ve caught myself taking a position before he’s even finished laying out his point. It’s a contagious sort of reaction that’s greatly magnified when an opinion concerns the moral right or wrong of something. Judgments on right and wrong are a nearly irresistible enticement to pick sides. And that’s exactly why the old Zen masters warned against becoming a person of right and wrong. It isn’t that the masters were indifferent to questions of ethics, but for them ethical conduct went beyond simply taking the prescribed right side. For these masters, the source of ethical conduct is found in the way things are, circumstance itself: unfiltered immediate reality reveals what is needed. — Lin Jensen from “An Ear to the Ground” (Summer 2006) Read the complete article.
Lin Jensen has written a memoir, Bad Dog!: A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places about the difficult life he transformed. He is now a Zen teacher.