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30 October 2005 @ 12:01 pm
Story Time  
A child asked a village elder, "What is it like to be a grown-up?"

The elder said, "Every day, there are two tigers inside me, a selfish orange tiger, and a noble white tiger. They battle continuously for control of my emotions, my thoughts, and my actions".

"Which one is winning today?"

"Whichever one I feed."
--- Unknown
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Bill Daytondespairthisday on October 30th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
Brilliant. I shall steal. I am bound to be in the area soon. Call me. 715-529-2534. Dayton out.
prof_vencireprof_vencire on October 30th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a circular definition?

The tigers affect emotions, thoughts, and actions... and feeding (or choosing to feed) is made up of these.

At a minimum, it's sort of recursive, unless one tiger tries to increase the strength of the other and not itself. Otherwise, whichever tiger begins (or assisted by the environment in being) stronger will gain the larger share of being fed, get stronger, and get a larger share. Which is sort of what tends to happen.

The only remaining party, then, is the collusion of external stimuli. Depending on the state and influence of the outside world, which tiger gets fed may differ.

But in the end, whoever is feeding the tigers is not "I" or "You". The self in this scenario is only an emergent pattern.
Rosamundrosa_mundi on October 30th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
I really, really like that.

*goes back to hacking away at paper*
The past is prologuenemoren on November 1st, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
What if you feed it poison?