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(Compiled from the Rational literature of the Rational Superior)
LIFE OF APPEARANCES
“See everyone´s tumultuous life.
Everyone becoming tumultuous, full of preoccupations,
that no longer can withstand.
Living thus horribly,
grieving and appearing to be
what they are not.
Appearing to be happy and betraying themselves.
Where did one see happiness in the matter?
Where did one see sufferers being happy?
Everyone in bitterness,
Embittered for this, embittered for that, embittered for the other thing;
Preoccupied by this, preoccupied by that, preoccupied by the other thing,
and thus successively.
A rosary of calamities,
With that calamitous life,
With that disturbed life”.
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