The Bucket Dilemma

A Tit for a Tat (66)

Tit: I don’t have enough strength or patience!
Tat: Why not train your strength and patience?
Tit: I don’t have enough strength or patience!

Notes: To break free of the circular loops of Samsara, we need to stop rationalising and behaving in pointless loops. We need to use the best of what we have to better ourselves, even if our best seems meagre at the moment. Even babies don’t have enough strength at first, but they use what they have to build up greater strength in time. The above reminds me of the children song below, one of infinite recursions. It’s probably the wittiest one I ever came across as a kid. Instead of revelling in the song, it forced me to think of how else to fix the bucket. (The Sesame Street version below differs a bit.)

There’s a Hole in My Bucket

Liza: Henry! Fetch me some water!
Henry: There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza. There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, a hole.
Liza: Well, fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, dear Henry, Well, fix it dear Henry, dear Henry, fix it.
Henry: With what shall I fix it…
Liza: With a straw dear Henry…
Henry: The straw is too long…
Liza: Well, cut it dear Henry…
Henry: With what shall I cut it…
Liza: With an axe dear Henry…
Henry: The axe is too dull dear Liza…
Liza: Well, sharpen it dear Henry…
Henry: With what shall I sharpen it…
Liza: With a stone dear Henry…
Henry: The stone is too dry dear Liza…
Liza: Well, wet it dear Henry…
Henry: With what shall I wet it…
Liza: With water dear Henry…
Henry: In what shall I fetch it…
Liza: In a bucket dear Henry…
Henry: There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, dear Liza. There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza, a hole…

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