‘What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.’
Lao Tzu (604-531 BC)
The caterpillar sees the coming change as the end. And it is right: it is the end as a caterpillar. Lao Tzu, the Chinese sage, feels for the poor caterpillar. He knows it is not the end but a transformation in the caterpillar, a profound change that turns it into a beautiful butterfly.
If only we could reassure the caterpillar that life would be better by changing and that it would have a new start, it would not be so scared to change. But the caterpillar can’t imagine what it would be like to become a butterfly.
Like the caterpillar, we need to change in ourselves if we are going to feel better and live a more enjoyable and satisfying life.
Like the caterpillar, it is difficult to believe that anything could make us better by changing ourselves.
We need to adapt to life as it actually is. We need to face our moods and feelings, but not to think about them or to analyse them: just to face them.
Adaptation brings brings profound changes in us that we could not have thought possible.
Evolution occurs by adapting to live in harmony with the environment. We need to do the same, with the world we live in, with each other and with ourselves.
Surely, no one wants to be a robot or be controlled by drugs. Surely, like everyone else we want to be authentic; we want to live our life for ourselves; not depend on others or on drugs.