A man started to break up the earth with a spade.  A fool came and shouted at him, “Why are you ruining the soil?”

“You idiot!” the man cried.  “Go away and don’t bother me!  Understand the difference between destruction and growth.”

How could this soil become a rose garden or wheat field before it’s broken up and ruined and made ugly?

How could it become orchards and harvests and leaves and fruit before it is utterly destroyed and worn down?

Before you pierce an abscess with a knife, how can it heal and how can you regain your health?

Until the doctor purifies your humors with his cures, how can your illness disappear and true healing arrive?

When a tailor cuts up a cloth, piece by piece, does anyone go up to her and strike her and say, “Why have you torn up this beautiful satin; What can I do with scraps of torn-up cloth?”

Each time that builders come to repair an old building, don’t they begin by destroying what was there before? Look at the carpenter or the blacksmith or the butcher, with them too, you’ll find that destruction precedes renewal.  If you do not subject wheat to the grinding millstone, how will bread ever come to decorate your table?

 


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