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Ashitaka's words

One of my heroes is Ashitaka from Princess Mononoke. In this scene, from after the death of the forest spirit, San speaks in desolation, and Ashitaka answers her:

San: It's over. Everything's over. The forest is dead.

Ashitaka: Nothing is over. The two of us are still alive.

It's true. So long as we're alive, nothing is over. The good things I (or you) wanted to do yesterday will still be good to do tomorrow. If anything, the kindness and hard work you (or I) offer today and tomorrow and the next day are even more important now than they were before.

It's not as easy as just saying the words, but I do want to try. And I want to keep you company in your trying, too.


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Nov. 9th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
I said something similar to Brian last night. We're still here. All we can do is our best.

I have a feeling I'm going to be reading a lot less news and a lot more books this upcoming year. And I'm going to work on becoming a damn good yoga teacher. Because I think everyone will benefit from feeling more connected. Even if it's only a little. Even if it's just for an hour.
Nov. 9th, 2016 08:09 pm (UTC)
I am sure you're right.
Nov. 9th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this reminder.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
Thank *you* for being in this world, making art, sending postcards, and being a friend.
Nov. 9th, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
I think this evening I need to reread "Spain 1937."
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that poem--I didn't know it, and yes. cafenowhere wrote a poem for the day too.
Nov. 9th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
This is very true.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:30 pm (UTC)
Glad to know you, glad to be with you now.
Nov. 9th, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
I did my best, if only it was enough.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid it's not a past-tense matter, it's a present and future-tense matter, but what you do with animals, and what you do drawing portraits on the train and striking up conversations--all that is part of the good work.
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Nov. 9th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yes. We should all try privately. And in myview, those who can should try publicly, as social issues.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:10 am (UTC)
Yes, this. It feels like everything is over, but nothing is over. We have to keep trying.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:41 pm (UTC)
When I first came on LJ, there was a song by Utada Hikaru that was popular called "Keep Tryin'"--I've been playing it.

(It's a bit of a weird song, and it's got the English lyric in it "I don't care about anything," but the overarching message is that everyone's humdrum daily lives have worth, and to keep trying.)
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Nov. 10th, 2016 12:53 pm (UTC)
I am *so* glad of yours.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:26 am (UTC)
He doesn't speak for you. Stay strong. Hugs.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this.
Nov. 10th, 2016 02:31 am (UTC)
Yes, and thank you.
Nov. 10th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2016 02:34 am (UTC)

In my gut it says there will be much disappointment on the other side. That's my gut.
Nov. 10th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm pretty sure of that.

I want us (very broadly construed) to find shared work, hope, enthusiasm, a sense of friendship. I want this for those over there, too, because when you have those things, you don't want to tear down--maintaining and improving becomes something you can believe in. And for the most vulnerable, the people who are directly, immediately in danger because of this outcome, I wish for safety and the knowledge that there are friends out here who will struggle for and with them and protect them.
Nov. 10th, 2016 07:32 am (UTC)
thank you.
Nov. 10th, 2016 01:00 pm (UTC)
Thank **you** sparkly cat ♥
Nov. 10th, 2016 09:48 am (UTC)
Yes, onwards!
Nov. 10th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2016 05:36 pm (UTC)
From the words of Nichiren Daishonin: "In accordance with their status, some have wives and children, relatives, fiefs, and gold and silver, while others have no treasure. Whether one has wealth or not, no treasure exceeds the one called life."
Nov. 16th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
So true that no treasure exceeds life. Life is the deepest, truest, most mind-boggling gift.
Nov. 16th, 2016 07:50 am (UTC)
Ever since 2000, I've started to get philosophical, that one I was ready to have a seizure...

It appears we may have the entertainment of watching Trump and the REpubs battle it out for control as he isn't really much of a current-philosophy Republican!

Edited at 2016-11-16 07:51 am (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's dark days now, but there have been other dark days. We'll get through it.
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