At a high school in Iowa, students played a prank on school officials. They let three goats loose inside the school painted with the numbers: 1, 2 and 4 on their sides. School administrators and the sheriff’s deputies spent a whole day searching in vain for nonexistent goat No. 3!
A Zen koan of the early 13th century tells of two young Buddhist monks watching a flag flapping in the wind. In contemplating the flag, the two monks began to argue about what they were observing.
What we hold onto most strongly, as if our life depended on it, is what we identify with: our point of view, our opinions, our ideas, beliefs and anything or everything that we consider part of our identity. A “holding on” that is the basis of all disease: both individually and collectively