Emptiness

I am skimming through Paulo Coelho: Confessions of a Pilgrim by Juan Arias and I found this:

By Lao-tse

We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel,

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the

usefulness of the wheel depends.

We turn the clay to make a vessel,

But it is on the space where there is nothing that the

usefulness of the vessel depends.

We pierce doors and windows to make a house,

And it is on these spaces where there is nothing that the

usefulness of the house depends.

Therefore just as we take advantage of what is, we should

recognize the usefulness of what is not.

I recently watched a Ted talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7rewjFNiys&t=853s

Is this an omen?

Pleasure and Happiness

“Pleasure is a ‘good fight’ that is something very different to happiness. I don’t relate happiness to pleasure. The idea I have of happiness is very boring: a Sunday afternoon when nothing happens.The struggle and combat, enthusiasm for fighting a battle for something you believe in, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but it doesn’t matter, what counts is the struggle to bring something about. That for me is the pleasure of life. So let us say pleasure is everything you do with enthusiasm in life, which can include suffering and pain, but that doesn’t annul the deep pleasure of knowing you’re struggling for something you love.”

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