Everyone seems to…

IMAGE: Everyone seems to think that life is cumulative. On the contrary, I think it should be unloaded. The more wealth and knowledge one accumulates, the more freedom one loses. If you stick to the accumulation of the past, you will be buried in the sediment before you know it and you will not be able to move. To challenge life and truly live, you must be reborn moment by moment and open your destiny. To do so, you must have nothing and be unconditional in mind and body. The more you throw away, the thicker and purer your life becomes.

Everyone seems to think that life is cumulative. On the contrary, I think it should be unloaded. The more wealth and knowledge one accumulates, the more freedom one loses. If you stick to the accumulation of the past, you will be buried in the sediment before you know it and you will not be able to move. To challenge life and truly live, you must be reborn moment by moment and open your destiny. To do so, you must have nothing and be unconditional in mind and body. The more you throw away, the thicker and purer your life becomes. - Taro Okamoto [Okamoto Tarō] (1911 - 1996): Have Poison in Yourself [Bring Poison to Yourself]

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人生は積み重ねだと誰でも思っているようだ。ぼくは逆に、積みへらすべきだと思う。財産も知識も、蓄えれば蓄えるほど、かえって人間は自在さを失ってしまう。過去の蓄積にこだわると、いつの間にか堆積物に埋もれて身動きができなくなる。人生に挑み、本当に生きるには、瞬間瞬間に新しく生まれかわって運命をひらくのだ。それには心身とも無一物、無条件でなければならない。捨てれば捨てるほど、いのちは分厚く、純粋にふくらんでくる。 - (1911 - 1996): 『

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