Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.
“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” ― Epictetus
Me: Stay still just for one frigging minute!
Ladybird: Why? I am a being who moves, why else would I have wings and feet.
Me: I want to take a photo of you.
Ladybird: And how exactly does this concern me?
Me: Because you’re my subject.
Ladybird: No, I am an object to you and I object to you and your want.
Me: What do you mean by that!?!
Ladybird: If I were a subject to you, you would study me as I am, moving. You would seek to understand me, and therefore realise that it is in my nature to move. You would be interested in me as a being who is separate from you. A subject is not an object which you want to capture, it is a fluid essence of life, which moves and keeps moving.
Me: I just want you to stop for a minute so I can take a photo of you, that is all!
Ladybird: You humans are a species that wants, and somehow think your wants are the concern of others. Your want is not my concern. If I concern myself with your want, and fulfill it… that is not all, you will have more.
Me: But you’re so beautiful!
Ladybird: Everything is beautiful, there is nothing special about it, it is just the way it is.
Me: I’m taking this shot anyway, whether you stay still or not!
Ladybird: Now that is beautiful… maybe you’ll understand it some day.
Me: I want to understand it now!
Ladybird: ………………… *flies away