From Peace is Every Step
by Thich Nhat Hanh
“Defiled or immaculate. Dirty or pure. These are concepts we form in our mind. A beautiful rose we have just cut and placed in a vase is pure. It smells so good, so fresh. A garbage can is the opposite. It smells horrible, and it is filled with rotten things.
But that is only when we look on the surface. If we look more deeply we will see that in just five or six days, the rose will become part of the garbage. . . And if we look into the garbage can, we can see that in a few months its contents can be transformed into lovely vegetables, and even a rose. Roses and garbage inter-are. . .
Let us look at wealth and poverty. The affluent society and the deprived society inter-are. The wealth of one society is made of the poverty of the other. . . Wealth is made up of non-wealth elements, and poverty is made by non-poverty elements. . . The truth is that everything contains everything else. We cannot just be, we can only inter-be. We are responsible for everything that happens around us.”
Art card source – Dr. Anne Davies & Fr. Charles Brandt