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InvisibleRebelSteve33
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The Way of the Leaf
    #711284 - 06/29/02 02:52 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

I just came across this in a book I'm reading and thought it very interesting, if not appropriate for a lot of the discussion that's been going on here lately

The Way of the Leaf:

"The leaf lives its appointed time, and does not struggle against the wind that carries it away. The leaf does no harm, and finally falls to nourish new leaves. So it should be will all men and women."

"But what does that mean?"

"It means that no man should harm another man for any reason whatsoever. There is no excuse for violence. None. Not ever."

"What if somebody attacks you? What if somebody hits you, or tries to rob you, or kill you?"

"If a man hit me, I would ask him why he wanted to do such a thing. If he still wanted to hit me, I would run away, as I would if he wanted to rob or kill me. Much better that I let him take what he wanted, even my life, than that I should do violence. And I would hope that he was not harmed too greatly."

"But you said you wouldn't hurt him."

"I would not, but violence harms the one who does it as much as the one who receives it. You could cut down a tree with your axe. The axe does violence to the tree, but does not escape unharmed. Wood is soft compared to steel, but the sharp steel is dulled as it chops, and the sap of the tree will rust and pit it. They mighty axe does violence to the helpless tree, and is harmed by it. So it is with men, though the harm is in the spirit."

I just thought this was a very interesting viewpoint... Although if someone was going to take my life, I think I would still have to use violence against him.
What do you guys have to say about this Way of the Leaf?

-RebelSteve


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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #711300 - 06/29/02 03:03 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

I am attracted to this thinking...it seems like something I would want to read..what is the name of the book?

I think the way of the leaf is the way of nature minus concioussness. it's what remains after you take away the walls of what we "ought" to do.. the path of least resistance I suppose...I suppose concioussness is the ability to go against the grain..to question the way of things..I suppose all thought is an abstraction of this..


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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: Revelation]
    #711341 - 06/29/02 03:21 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

It's actually from a fantasy/sci fi book that I am reading right now called The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. I enjoy reading fantasy books b/c they are often filled with interesting philosophies and things such as this from different mythical peoples and races. This is the first of Jordan's books I've read, and it's quite good so far. It's part of a series called The Wheel of Time. Good stuff!

-RebelSteve


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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #711683 - 06/29/02 05:45 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

"No leaf falls that the mind of God is not behind it."


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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #711693 - 06/29/02 05:48 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

Wheel of time of roxxxxxx way of the leaf sux tho

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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #711702 - 06/29/02 05:52 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

no leaf is gonna tell me how to live- lol
j/k
but serously, if you lived along those terms where i live, you'd get eaten alive...
but it does make an interesting point with the axe and tree part...


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I hear the song of the cricket
And locusts and frogs
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Is this the life of a Mushroom

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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: Swami]
    #711714 - 06/29/02 05:57 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

What is that from, Swami?

-RebelSteve


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Re: The Way of the Leaf [Re: RebelSteve33]
    #711751 - 06/29/02 06:13 PM (21 years, 9 months ago)

One day as I standing on my balcony feeling the weight of the world on my shoulders. A leaf fluttered by and that line popped into my head. It is very deep the more you think about it. Contemplation brought me back into the "now".

I am fairly certain that I borrowed or paraphrased someone else's original thought, but I cannot remember a source for it.


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