We are a battlefield

Literary Tattoos: Jiddu Krishnamurti

This tattoo belongs to Chris.

This is a partial quote from the late Jiddu Krishnamurti, an Indian philosopher that focused a lot on human interaction and psyche, and a broad divorce from labels and extrinsic motivations for growth (like religion, race, creed, etc.). I first ran across it in a transcription of one of his talks he gave for an audience, and there are many versions with slight deviations in phrasing, but the paragraph it’s lifted from usually goes something like this:

“We are sorrowful human beings who have not a moment of bliss uncontaminated by thought, not a moment of real deep enjoyment untouched by any thought or memory. We are a battlefield from the moment we are born until we die. There is never order, never peace, never a sense of tranquility and bliss. All that we know is sorrow and conflict.”

Taken at face value, it’s actually quite depressing, but I look at it in a more positive light…moments of happiness are fleeting, so we should treasure them when we are lucky enough to experience one. I got the tattoo to remind myself not to take the few moments of bliss for granted.

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