The south Indians have a monkey trap which consists of a hollowed out coconut chained to a stake. The coconut has some rice inside which can be grabbed through the small hole

The south Indians have a monkey trap which consists of a hollowed out coconut chained to a stake. The coconut has some rice inside which can be grabbed through the small hole. The hole is big enough so the monkey’s hand can go in, but too small for his fist with rice to come out. The monkey reaches in and is suddenly trapped — by nothing more than his own rigidity. He can’t revalue the rice. He cannot see that freedom without rice is more valuable than capture with it.

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, p.316

We hold on to sin and are destroyed by its (hidden) consequences. But there is an escape – to let go of the sin.

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