An Old Zen Story on Hell and My Actifit Report Card: May 29 2020

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I played an eighteen basket disc golf course with my son today and had a personal best round of one over par. (I've had a two under par round before but it was not recorded.) My son did not play as well as he usually does and I ended up winning.

The rest of my steps were from some yard work.

As I was passing in and out the front door today I noticed a tiny black bug on a web. I thought maybe it was a black widow spider so I did not pay much attention to it. I generally don't like to kill spiders but a poisonous spider so close to the house entrance would need to be dealt with.

I thought maybe it would go away but a few hours later it was still there. This time I looked more closely at it and noticed it was a black beatle struggling upside down in the web. I don't even think the spider was anywhere around or surely it would have dispatched the beetle by then.

Having some compassion over the predicament of the beetle I could almost feel the blood rushing to the top of my head like getting caught upside down is some abandoned fishing net.

I plucked the beatle from the web and placed him on a flower:

And Old Zen Story

This is kind of a modification from my memory:

There once was a very nasty man. Perfectly evil by most people's account but great with a sword. No one could beat him and he showed no mercy to anyone who fell beneath his sword.

One time he saw a black window spider. "Surely I should kill this spider," he thought to himself. Just as he was about to kill it, something sparred his hand and he let the spider scramble off to safety.

Eventually he died. He found himself in a very dark hell. Standing in a pool of boiling blood. There was but one sword which he grasped firmly in his hand. The other sinners swam around in the pool of boiling blood screaming in pain.

There was an island in the pool of blood made from the bodies chopped up by the swordsman. He had to constantly fight with his sword to keep the island intact because the bodies would heal and try to swim away and leave him boiling in the blood.

The black window spider look down into the depth of hell and saw him there in his predicament. The spider felt compassion for what he was experiencing and because he had spared her she cast a spider thread deep down into the abyss.

The swordsman saw the thread and grabbed it immediately and started climbing up as fast as he could. However, he could not drop his sword which he had counted so much on and so could not make very fast progress up the thread.

Soon many of the other sinners were healing and they began to climb up the thread. It was getting thinner and thinner from all the weight.

He thought surely it would break at any moment so as a person would approach close to him he would strike them down and climb a bit higher.

He grew angrier and angrier as more and more people climbed up the thread. He was nearly out of the pit of hell and could almost reach up. He shouted, "Stop climbing, you fools! Surely you will break the thread!"

With that, he swung his sword wildly at the nearest person but on the backswing...

The sword cut the thread just above where he was holding it and severed it.

Question of the day: What's the moral of the story? LOL.

Thanks for reading! I always value your support and comments. The pictures were taken by me with my Galaxy S9+. Text and graphics copyright lightsplasher & litesplasher.

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charming insect. But does this insect like to sting or bite?

These beetles are pretty harmless, I don't think they sting or bite. Some similar looking bugs emit a bad smelling odor when they are frightened though.

Sometimes I also feel for spiders and at times I wonder should they really be killed

It is a tough call sometimes. Really poisonous spiders can be very difficult to have in the house. I usually try to relocate them outside but I can understand the desire to kill them.

Sabre-tooth tigers don't make particularly good neighbors either, lol. I think one theory is that humans were the cause of them going extinct.

At this point with so many species going extinct I feel like doing whatever I can to support biodiversity.

Very beautiful photo. From this photo we can learn that every living thing is interdependent and cannot live alone. Like Flowers and Beetles. Thanks Dear..😊😊

So much is interdependent. There is only one planet and we all have to live on it.

Sometimes it's what you hold on to from the past, that keeps you from going forward with your life.

Drop the sword you idiot, you can get another when you get back to upper earth. 😄

It is really easy to hold on to old baggage from the past and not easy to make a big move forward to unknown things. The first time I read the story I thought the same thing, "Why would anyone keep the sword?"

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Great stepping and beautiful pictures. I guess the beetle was very happy that you saved him. I loved reading your story of the sword man. For me the moral is that old habits die hard and that most times people never change. Another one is that even the cruelest of people do have a soft spot like the one he had for the spider.
Wishing you an amazing weekend ;keep stepping and enjoy your activities:}

Very nice reply! There's a lot of different meanings in the story for sure. It reminds me to of the practice of equanimity and how anger can be difficult to deal with. Best wishes for your week ahead.

I know how you feel. I remember as a kid "rescuing" worms on the pavement after a rain that would not make it back to the grass. Life is indeed precious.

very interesting story my brother @lightsplasher