this story is in the intro to amy tan’s book saving fish from drowning. it was one of those wooooooooooooooow, sharp intake of breath, ooooooooooooooooooooh, moments of deep contemplation for me, and then it was again, and then it was again, and then it was again… i hope it will be pretty profound for you as well…

A pious man explained to his followers: “It is evil to take lives and noble to save them. Each day i pledge to save a hundred lives. I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes. I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl. ‘Don’t be scared,’ I tell these fishes. ‘I am saving you from drowning.’ Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still. Yet, sad to say, I am always too late. The fishes expire. And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price. With the money i receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.”