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I’m An Empty Cup

There’s a story about a Zen master and student drinking tea. The student keeps asking stupid questions until the master pours a cup of tea until it overflows. When the student stops the master, the master tells the student that he can’t learn anything until he empties his cup.

Descartes said that we first have to doubt everything we know, in order to determine whether there is anything we can know with certainty. Socrates said that “The unexamined life is not worth living”.

So I emptied my cup, I doubted everything I know, and I examined my life. In the process, I lost my faith. More than that, I became an atheist.

I told my parents this weekend. They didn’t disown me, or chase me away. I’m grateful for that. But how do I tell them that for the first time in my life I’m comfortable just being myself?

One Comment

  1. Owen Swart wrote:

    Congrats on coming out!

    Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 10:50 | Permalink

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