Where The Mind Is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
-Poem ‘Where The Mind Is Without Fear’ by Rabindranath Tagore
This is one of my favorite stories and one I’ve shard a few times on this blog. But instead of words alone, this clip is narrated by Alan Watts and animated.
[I try to always share new things on this blog, but occasionally I like to re-post some of my favorite stories, videos, etc. Plus, new people are following my blog (thank you!) since I last posted this story about 7 months ago. Enjoy!]
A poor farmer’s horse ran off into the country of the barbarians. All his neighbors offered their condolences, but his father said, “How do you know that this isn’t good fortune?” After a few months the horse returned with a barbarian horse of excellent stock. All his neighbors offered their congratulations, but his father said, “How do you know that this isn’t a disaster?” The two horses bred, and the family became rich in fine horses. The farmer’s son spent much of his time riding them; one day he fell off and broke his hipbone. All his neighbors offered the farmer their condolences, but his father said, “How do you know that this isn’t good fortune?” Another year passed, and the barbarians invaded the frontier. All the able-bodied young men were conscripted, and nine-tenths of them died in the war. Thus good fortune can be disaster and vice versa. Who can tell how events will be transformed?
–Story from the Huai Nan Tzu
(quoted in Stephen Mitchell’s Tao Te Ching)