The flowing water never stops and yet the water never stays the same. Foam floats upon the pools, scattering, re-forming, never lingering long. So it is with man and all his dwelling places here on earth.I found myself opening up the Hōjōki again this week in light of the disaster in Japan. Another disaster to add to Chōmei's list. Another good reason not to forget his response to such things and maybe follow his example.
– Chōmei, Hōjōki