Butterflies Are Not Free
- Published: Saturday, 07 March 2009 03:00
Betty Bland - USA
[This Viewpoint article was published in the Quest magazine for September-October 2008, pp. 164-5]
The drifting dazzling beauty of a butterfly wafting on the summer breezes, floating from flower to flower, conjures in us an aesthetic appreciation and a certain longing to be carefree like this diaphanous illusion. As the Buddhist teachings affirm, “All beings wish to be happy.” And we human beings add the strength of our highly developed mental and emotional faculties to this search for happiness as a driving factor in our lives.