"Hofstadter’s Law…" – Douglas Hofstadter


"Imagine two astronauts go to the moon, and while they’re there, there’s an accident and their ship can’t take them back to Earth…." – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Imagine two astronauts go to the moon, and while they're there, there's an accident and their ship can't take them back to Earth. They have only enough oxygen for two days. There is no hope of someone coming from Earth to rescue them. They have only two days to live.

If you were to ask them at that moment, “What is your deepest wish?” they would answer “To be back home walking on our beautiful planet Earth.” They wouldn’t think of being the head of a large corporation, a famous celebrity, or the president of the United States. They wouldn’t want anything but to be back here – walking on Earth, enjoying every step, listening to the sounds of nature, or holding the hand of their beloved while contemplating the moon at night.

We should live every day like people who have been rescued from dying on the moon. We are on Earth now, and we need to enjoy walking on this precious beautiful planet. Zen Master Linji said, “The miracle is not to walk on water or fire. The miracle is to walk on the earth.” I cherish that teaching. I enjoy just walking, even in busy places like airports and railway stations. Walking like that, with each step caressing our Mother Earth, we can inspire other people to do the same. We can enjoy every minute of our lives.”