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No, this is not a remake of Chaplin’s famous movie, nor a remake of a Jacques Tati’s movie… but this photograph, which was taken in Seoul, South-Korea, reminds me the absurdity of the rhythm of modern life.
It is especially -but not exclusively- rooted in the culture of East Asia, that employees have a sense of belonging to the enterprise they are working for, and this belonging is often stronger than their individuality itself. Just like in this image…. people are running, and their faces – or their identity, their free will – is not seen. People seem to run constantly from morning to evening, if not from birth to death.
This running is like the Shadow of an old teaching of Eastern Wisdom which says that the Way is the most important, not the actual result of the action. Placed in its original context- an Indian scripture called the “Bhagavad Gita” – it means that one has to be in constant movement, involved in action, and this movement itself, is the meaning of Life.
Imagine trying to reach perfection. It’s impossible, since no living creature is perfect. But we can try, every day, to move closer to an ideal of perfection.
The Way brings us closer to discovering the purpose of Life, which begins in the knowledge of one’s True Nature. Who are we? What is our Destiny? Do we have a purpose to fulfil?
Nobody promised us an answer, but Walking the Way is often enough to give meaning to all our experiences, from birth to death. It is about doing, but doing with a purpose instead of fading slowly into the nonsense of the modern life. We learn from every experience, every movement, every error, and our identity gets clearer, present and stronger every time.
Running and fading, only leaves us the option to survive.
Moving every day with a purpose, makes us more alive.No, it is not a remake of Chaplin’s famous movie, nor a remake of a Jacques Tati’s movie… but this photograph, which was taken in Seoul, South-Korea, reminds me the absurdity of the modern rhythm of life where people seems to run without any brake from morning to evening, if not from birth to death.
In Asia especially – but not exclusively it is deeply rooted in the culture that the employees feel belonging to the enterprise they are working for, and this belonging is sometimes stronger then their individuality itself. Just like in this image…. people are running, and their faces are vanishing.Back to Gallery