Today's story is a short little zen story. I have not yet done my research on this, so what I know about it is limited. In a few versions I have seen, the story is about a philosopher, Zhuangzi. According to Wikipedia, whether he existed is in question although he is referenced in a number of zen stories. From what I understand, he may have been used as the "face" for a certain philosophical thought. I can't help but wonder if this character is a zen version of Nasrudin.
Two philosophers were walking by a river. The air was crisp, and the sun was reflecting off of the water. It was a beautiful day.
"Look at those fish," the first philosopher pointed out. "They are swimming their hearts out! They are having a great time."
"How do you know what the fish are experiencing? You are not a fish!" his companion retorted.
The first philosopher smiled. "How do you know what I know? You are not me!"
This story has been rattling around in my head quite a bit recently. Good thing I like it! I hope you do too. :)
Check in tomorrow at http://www.whoelsa.com to read about (or see) something I've observed out in the world.