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Markus Stocker

Between information technology and environmental science with a flair for economics, the clarinet, and the world of soups and salads.

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Or simply not as we would like them to be.

This is a note to a recent thread on one of the personal blogs I follow. The enthusiasm conveyed in an answer to my two cents to the original post motivated me to write this note. The author writes in Italian. To make it easier for you to follow I’m going to translate the main thoughts.

At least partially based on some recent setbacks and on events not too far in the future one of the questions raised in the post is why can’t everything be perfect? In my comment, I wrote that I don’t think experiencing a situation to be not perfect, or for that matter perfect, is a reflection of a quality of the situation but, rather, result of nurturing a distance between ourselves and that particular situation. It is our unwillingness to embrace it, rejecting it.

As usual, also this thought isn’t original to my mind and some attribution is in order. It is rooted in Buddhist philosophy or at least I think so based on how I interpret some of the readings. For a pleasant read in plain English I suggest Charlotte Joko Beck [1].

Di cuore auguri a te, a voi, carissima!

[1] Charlotte Joko Beck. Everyday Zen: Love and Work. San Francisco, Harper & Row. (LCCN Permalink)