Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Butterfly dream 蝴蝶梦 ...



Penang Butterfly Park
槟城蝴蝶公园

Butterfly dream 
蝴蝶梦 ...


Once upon a time, Chuang Tzu (庄子) also known as Chuang Chou 
dreamed that he was a butterfly, flying about enjoying itself.




The butterfly did not know that it was Chuang Tzu. and suddenly Chuang awoke, 
and veritably was Chuang Tzu again.




Chuang Tzu did not know whether he was dreaming that he was a butterfly, 
or whether it was the butterfly dreaming that it was Chuang Tzu.




If Chuang Tzu can dream that he was a butterfly then the same is said
that why not the butterfly had dreamed that it was Chuang Tzu ...

This shows that, although in ordinary appearance there are differences between things, 
in delusions or in dreams one thing can also be another. 
The transformation of things proves that the differences 
among things are not "absolute " ...



Chuang Tzu is universally regarded as the greatest Taoist after Lao Tzu (老子)
His "butterfly dream" is probably the most celebrated metaphor ever to be 
recorded in the history of Chinese Philosophy...

and in my opinion, whether or not the dream actually occurred
is not a matter of great importance. 

Except summarized and translated from The Philosopher, Volume LXXXIII No.2 
(Author: C.W. Chan)

24 comments:

Laura.M said...

Estas fotos son una maravilla Wong!!!. Para tener un buen sueño...
Saludos.Laura

FOTO-POESIE / POESIE+LYRIK / HAIKU+FOTOGRAFIE said...

Wie an Perlschnüren aufgereiht. Wunderbare Bilder...

Herzliche Grüsse aus der Schweiz

Hans-Peter

Olga Ricci said...

ahhhhhhhhhhh!! maravillosas!!!!!!
Felicitaciones,amigo!!
Saludos!

Dejemonos sorprender said...

Wa, great butterflies!

MIMOSA said...

They are so beautiful I love ..........

Two Tigers said...

Lovely images - butterfly parks are such serene and visually stunning places to photograph, but you have also given us a story to make us think. Many thanks.

Aina said...

Very beautiful. I love these butterfly pictures.

clo said...

wonderful and elegant...my compliments..

Mama-Bug said...

Their delicate beauty is well captured by your camera!

smalldot said...

beautiful

Joop Zand said...

Lovely butterfly's.

regards, Joop

BERMAXO said...

Muy buenas fotos Wong

Marcos Muñoz said...

Excelente secuencia de imágenes Wong, buen trabajo.

Produval said...

Gran serie, felicidades.

ρομπερτ said...

How nice to wake up, being able to dream again.

Please have you all a wonderful Wednesday.

daily athens

恭喜發財

Ken Mac said...

beautifully dreamlike !

Randy said...

What a wonderful series of photos.

ankur said...

Very nice shots...I would like to visit here again...following you.

Matt said...

These photos are wonderful, and they illustrate so well this taoist tale from Chuang Tzu!
And if our life would just be that... the dream of a butterfly...

Ángel said...

Una maravilla de fotografías. Geniales
Un abrazo

Kenneth Larsson said...

Beautiful photos! Very mice Wong!

Have a great day! :-)

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

this serie has such a beautifull colors

Sandra Lage said...

Hi, Wong!

Nice shots!
Lovely butterfly!

Greetings, Sandra

Costea said...

Another macro perfect ten.