Being and Doing

From a book I’ve just read by Ursula K. LeGuin, who often mixes eastern philosophy into her stories. The two characters are sat in a small boat in the middle of the ocean:

“Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made. When I was young I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing. And I leapt at the latter like a trout to a fly. But each deed you do, each act, binds you to itself and to its consequences, and makes you act again and yet again. Then very seldom do you come upon a space, a time like this, between act and act, when you may stop and simply be. Or wonder who, after all, you are.”

So what takes up more of your time – being, or doing?

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One thought on “Being and Doing

  1. jagosaurus June 20, 2008 / 11:59 am

    Good question. I’ll have to think about that.

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