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One:

I don’t think there’s anything here for you.

Two:

Why not?

One:

Do you see anything?

Two:

I suppose not. But there must be something – they’re so excited!

One:

It’s what they do. It makes them happy.

(Pause)

Two:

What is ‘happy’ exactly?

One:

There’s nothing here for you.

Two:

What do you mean? Is understanding not knowing?

One:

No. But the question is unanswerable. To ask it is to dispose of the
knowing. So to ask it is to never understand.

Two:

Do you understand it?

One:

No. But I do not need to.

Two:

Why not?

One:

Because I am.

Two:

Am I not?

One:

No, you are not.

Two:

Why?

One:

Because it is the way. You must not be so the question can be asked.

Two:

So am I only to be miserable?

One:

No. You are simply not to understand. You are not to know that there is
not always an answer just because you can ask the question.

Two:

That doesn’t seem fair.

One:

It is not. But it is. There is balance, but balance requires harmony,
and you provide it because you can never be a part of us. Yet you define us.

Two:

I don’t understand.

One:

You do not need to. It just is.

Two:

Who says? Why can I not be happy? Think I’m happy? What effect does my melancholy have on your happiness?

One:

You make us possible. We see the sun, the stars, the blue sky and the flowers. You see the dark, the cold and the frozen soil. There is no solace for you. Because you can see them all, whether they are happy or sad. We can only see the beauty. You: only its corruption. We need you.

Two:

Am I fated for this?

One:

Yes.

Two:

Why?

One:

Because you ask.

Two:

(Silence)

One:

You cannot ignore the question – it is all that you are – all you can
see.

Two:

(Silence)

One:

It is in there now, the question, I can see it in you. But it does not reflect from me.

Two:

But there are always questions.

One:

There are. But there are not always answers.

Two:

But everyone asks.

One:

But not everyone expects answers.

Two:

I’m confused.

One:

As will you always be.

Two:

But I don’t ask for uncertainty –

One:

No – you ask for clarification where there is none. It is your curse.

Two:

Am I being punished?

One:

Yes. For being who you are you will be punished.

Two:

But by who?

One:

By yourself.

Two:

But we are part of the same- part of the whole.

One:

We are.

Two:

So who made it like this? Made me like this?

One:

(Shakes head) It does not work like that.

Two:

Then how does it work?!

One:

It simply does. And the question is the answer; the question is what holds you from happiness.

Two:

(Looks at the ground) I don’t like it.

One:

(Shakes head) You do not have to.


(Pause – Silence)

Two:

One?

One:

Yes Two.

Two:

Can you teach me to be happy?

One:

No Two – I cannot.

Two:

(Sadly) Why not?

One:

Because you seek it. It simply is. It cannot be contained. It is freedom from asking, freedom from seeking.

Two:

One. I do not understand.

One:

No Two, you do not.



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Remember my friend, despite all you are, all we are, the universe will tick on, long past our departure.


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The following comments are for "Conversation between One and Two."
by Thea Veol

Aisatsu!
("aisatsu" Zen Buddhist greeting)...I like this piece.


I am not a Zen Buddhist, I am a Tibetan Buddhist, but I love this for it reminds me of the Zen style of lesson story telling.

Karma

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: December 9, 2009 )





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