3 Maman Philippe

Talking with a friend,

I slip on ice—

Embarrassed, I continue.

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This week, I had a hard time accepting the fact that relationships are just as ephemeral as the other objects we mistakenly hold on to. “If we understood the world for what it really is, we would flee its complications and lead simpler lives, ones that do not center themselves on possessions and foolish attachments” (Inouye, 45). It seems to me that the development of a relationship over time does not clash with the concept of evanescence and change. The above quotation is saying we must define ourselves by the setting we currently inhabit. We must be comfortable enough with ourselves to recognize that letting go of everything may in fact be the answer.  While this is true, it is clear to me that we must learn to change with our surroundings. In other words, we must accept the fact that relationships change over time and that the connections we have now will not be the same in the future. We learn, as highlighted by Professor Inouye, that adopting the formalities of respect and tradition are enough to keep us from feeling the wrath of evanescence. “As long as you obey the Retired Emperor and treat other with consideration, you will enjoy the protection of the gods and Buddhas” (Inouye, 47). It seems as long as we appear to accept change as a natural part of things and not fight it when the time to adapt arises, then we are able to keep the parts of our past that can mesh with our future



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