A myriad bubbles were floating on the surface of a stream.

“What are you?” I cried to them as they drifted by.

“I am a bubble, of course,” nearly a myriad bubbles answered, and there was surprise and indignation in their voices as they passed.

But, here and there, a lonely bubble answered, “We are this stream,” and there was neither surprise nor indignation in their voices, but just a quiet certitude.

— Wei Wu Wei [via]  <link>