1-min nonsense, pg 5

It baffled the disciples to hear the Master say that evil, when viewed from a higher perspective, is good, that sin is a doorway to grace. So he told them the story of Carthage, a thorn in the flesh of Ancient Rome. When Rome finally razed Carthage to the ground she found rest, grew flabby, […]

When a guest volunteered to do the dishes after dinner the Master said, “Are you sure you know how to do dishes?”

The man protested that he had done them all his life. Said the Master: “Ah, I have no doubt of your ability to make dishes clean–I only doubt your ability to wash them.”

This is the explanation he gave his disciples later: “There are two ways to wash dishes: one is to wash them in order to make them clean; the other is to wash them in order to wash them.”

That was still far from clear, so he added: “The first action is dead because while your body does the dishes your mind is fixed on the goal of cleaning them; the second is alive because your mind is where your body is.”

From One Minute Nonsense by Anthony de Mello.


Author: ma'habocath

ma'habocath knows some, tells much. ma'habocath knows few things others do. This one is a live-alone, full-time burger-flipper with an odd mind and too much to say. ma'hab always tries the best ma'hab can to keep up: • Chores • Bodybuilding and other health-nuttery • Japanese language studies • Culinary experimentation (see “other health-nuttery”) • Exploration of newfound spiritual territory • Exploration of my Self • Figuring out how to socialize well enough, mostly face-to-face • Backlogs: books, heavy metal, anime • Blogging, chatting, texting, and talking to whomever will listen about all of the above

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