Trouble is the Wealth of Life


antelopes in Savannah
antelopes in Savannah

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A zoologist observed the antelopes on both sides of a river in the Savannah, noticing that their running speed and reproductive capacity were not the same.

The ones on the east bank of the river ran significantly faster than those on the west bank, and their reproductive capacity was also stronger. To explore the reasons, the zoologist put ten west bank antelopes on the east bank.

In a short period, he found that wolves had eaten most of the west bank antelopes, and there were only three left. That was the answer: the antelopes on the east bank were stronger because wolves lived nearby, and to avoid the wolves, they had to run faster and longer. The west bank’s flock was weaker because they lacked a group of powerful natural enemies, so they were hunted first.

So we need to thank the suffering, the competitors, and the troubles in our lives because, without them, we would not be nearly as powerful or intelligent.

Buddha said that affliction is but Bodhi, and because of trouble, we want to learn and grow. Because of competitive opponents, we then have the power to know how to struggle.

Some people are always afraid to face trouble and look forward to just staying in a comfortable and pleasant environment. Those who live a comfortable life are blinded from seeing the problem. Comfort will make us not to want to grow. So thank all the troubles and unhappy things in your life, because they are our teachers, and they show up in our lives to teach us wisdom.

麻烦是人生的财富

有位动物学家在对生活在非洲奥兰治河两岸的动物考察中,发现了一个奇怪的现象:生活在河东岸的羚羊與河西岸的羚羊,它们的繁殖能力,奔跑能力大不一样。

生活在河東岸的羚羊與河西岸的羚羊相比,不僅繁殖能力強,而且奔跑的能力也強。

這位動物學家对这些差别,动物学家百思不得其解,因为羚羊的生活环境和食物都相同。於是,他做了做了一个试验,在河的东西两岸各捉了10只羚羊送到对岸,结果送到西岸的羚羊繁殖到14只,而送到东岸的羚羊只剩下3只。

这个谜底终于被揭开了,东岸的羚羊之所以强健,是因为它们附近生活着一个狼群。它们为了生存,天天生活在一种“竞争气氛”中,因而越活越有战斗力;而西岸的羚羊之所以弱小,恰恰是因为它们缺少天敌,没有生存的压力。 生存能力弱,所以越活越弱小,7只羚羊是被狼吃掉的。

因此,我们需要感谢生活中的苦难、竞争对手和困难,因为没有他们,我们就不会那么强大或聪明。

佛陀说苦难不过是菩提,因为烦恼,我们要学习和成长。因为有竞争对手,我们才有力量知道如何去奋斗。

有些人总是害怕面对麻烦,只希望呆在一个舒适愉快的环境。过着这种生活的人看不到问题。舒适会让我们不想成长。所以,感谢你生活中所有的烦恼和不幸,因为它们是我们的老师,它们出现在我们的生活中,教导我们智慧。

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