Monday, April 14, 2008
posted by Selba at 2:43 PM


A pious man explained to his followers: “It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. ‘Don’t be scared,’ I tell those fishes. 'I am saving you from drowning.’ Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes."
~ Anonymous~


How can we discren what is real and what is fiction, in everything we see? How do we know what to believe?

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16 Comments:


At Monday, April 14, 2008 4:10:00 PM, Anonymous _butt

and that is why, we should reserve our judgement until its time. time will tell :)

 

At Monday, April 14, 2008 6:18:00 PM, Blogger L B

Amy Tan is such a good writer.. I wish I could even have a teeny weeny percentage of her insights...

 

At Monday, April 14, 2008 7:10:00 PM, Blogger Chev

wah.. like that also can?
o.O
I'm truly amazed....

 

At Monday, April 14, 2008 11:55:00 PM, Blogger aawilliam

Look like what....politican said.
Muahahahah.

 

At Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7:57:00 AM, Blogger Selba

_butt: GOLD *****
yup.. agreed! :)

bee: SILVER ***
Me too.. me too...

chev: BRONZE *
Hehehe.. ya lor, can... can...

aawilliam: Eh... so true!

 

At Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:17:00 PM, Blogger NomadicMom

Waaaa...macam ini pun bisa?

 

At Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:51:00 PM, Blogger Pink Cotton

wow i like the extract from the book...very thought provoking

is the book nice?
might wanto keep an eye out for it on my nxt book shopping :P

byebye take k selby =)
hvn seen u online for a while

 

At Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7:25:00 PM, Anonymous zeroimpact

I guess trust in yourself as everything is not as it seems and is different in different eyes

 

At Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:48:00 PM, Blogger The Moody Minstrel

Saving fishes from drowning?

Misguided benevolence turning into an opportunity for profit, or a sick attempt to clear the conscience? Or is it all just really silly?

I don't know, though; it seems like a lot of activists and world leaders throughout history have had a very similar way of thinking.

 

At Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:05:00 AM, Anonymous kyels

I love Amy Tan; her works are usually outstanding.

How do we know what to believe? We'll know once we get a sign.

 

At Wednesday, April 16, 2008 8:25:00 AM, Blogger Selba

nomadicom: *nods* I think can... hehehe

pink cotton: yes! I like the book though my favourite book from Amy Tan is still the Joy Luck Club :) Let me know what you think after you read the book ya... who knows we can discuss about it ;)
Yeah, I haven't been online, quite busy... will try to catch you when I'm online :)

zeroimpact: absolutely true! must keep in mind that everyone is different :)

MM: And don't forget about those fanatic religious people out there, thinking that they are trying to save other people from hell. :P

kyels: Yes, Amy Tan's books are outstanding.
How do we know/aware whether it/something is a sign?

 

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 5:33:00 AM, Blogger Olivia

Art imitates life, then life imitates art.

 

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 8:02:00 AM, Blogger Selba

olivia: exactly.... it's weird though, how life imitates art....

 

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 12:50:00 PM, Blogger mistipurple

means sometimes people think they are hero but they are murderer. no?

 

At Thursday, April 17, 2008 3:36:00 PM, Blogger Selba

mistipurple: LOL
Well, I guess your interpretation can suit as well.

 

At Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:12:00 PM, Anonymous wooden toys

never heard from this writer but i'mm curious in her writings. i wanna grab one book from her.