We try to put buffers between us and the world, and as a result we feel less: We want plenty of heat in winter so we don’t feel the cold, but people in Japan, for example, keep their homes quite cold in winter and as a result get sick less. We want air-conditioning in Summer so we don’t feel the heat, but people in Singapore have permanent colds because it is 65 degrees inside and 110 degrees outside…
I could go on, but you get the picture. Living in denial of LIFE. Sickness and death can strike at any moment and it doesn’t matter how comfortable we are. Comfort has no relation to happiness.
In the spring, cherry blossoms.
In the summer the cuckoo.
In autumn the moon.
In winter the snow, clear, cold.
— Dogen Zenji