“By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall!” –John Dickinson
As the world continent rifted and drifted, so did life on the planet. Now we are beside ourselves.
“Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.” –Woody Allen
One side thinks it is sad to be blue. The other would rather be dead than red. Or vice versa. It’s a purple paradox. And making light of it is like cracking a koan.
“Three men are observing a flag fluttering in the breeze: One man says, ’The wind is moving the flag.’ The second man says, ’No, the flag is moving the wind.’ The third man says, ’You are both wrong; it is your mind that is moving.’” –Huineng’s Flag Koan, related by Dick Sutphen
A united state of mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is cool, unruffled, contented.
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” –Lao-Tzu
It is the harmony of meaning and mirth.
“No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.” –Samuel Taylor Coleridge
A disunited state of mind, the cause of all humorless fates, needs to get laughed.
“Laughter is an orgasm, triggered by the intercourse of sense and nonsense.” –Anonymous
Hooking a finger in each corner of the kisser and saluting, cracks the koan.
“Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind’s tearing tension.” –Sri Chinmoy
O say can you see, by the light of the heart, that the blue’s always true and the red’s never dead, or vice versa, and living together is art?
“The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.” –Carl Jung