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Can You See It?

Can you see it?

Does your heart see what your eyes see? Looking without seeing.[1]

In the purity old days, human-beings look at the World with their innocent hearts.

Children would simply praise the beauty of the drifting clouds, shadowy waters and the bright daylight.

Until the day when we start gazing at our electronic devices, the light from the window of our souls grows dimmer.


“When the mind is not present, we look, but do not see.

We listen, but do not hear; we eat, but don't taste our food.”

 ― Translated by A. Charles Muller, The Great Learning[2]


Our world is elusive like flowers in the mirror or the moonlight in the water; all things are just transient as a passing cloud.


Photography is a mirror reflecting our inner-self.

Our eyes have lost the sensitivity for capturing the fleeting moment; unable to glimpse the illusion of flashes. With the lens, we can capture the perception images in our hearts; precipitate them into an incredible time and space where our lives are contented, be all the being. 


If human hearts are blinded by ignorance or uncertainty, it is impossible to see the reality.  But in conversely, if our hearts is like a pool of water, clear without turbid, calm without tumble, empty without weeds, it will always reflects the way on earth truthfully.


[1] Leonardo da Vinci


“An average human looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, moves without physical awareness, inhales without awareness of odour or fragrance, and talks without thinking.”

 ― Leonardo da Vinci


[2] Translated by A. Charles Muller, The Great Learning 大學

The Traditional Commentary, Attributed to Confucius, Through the Transmission of Cengzi




Looks without Seeing
















"The highest goodness is like water.

Water easily benefits all things without struggle.

Yet it abides in places that men hate.

Therefore it is like the Way.


For dwelling, the Earth is good.

For the mind, depth is good.

The goodness of giving is in the timing.

The goodness of speech is in honesty.

In government, self-mastery is good.

In handling affairs, ability is good.


If you do not wrangle, you will not be blamed."


Laozi 《Daode Jing》 Chapter8



Translated by A. Charles Muller, Daode Jing 道德經

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