Know a Cause

An apprentice was practicing archery. He was happy to hit the target. However, the Master asked him a question:

‘Do you know why did you hit the target?’

‘No, I don’t know why.’

‘It means that you haven’t acquired the mastery yet. Try practicing more.’

Three years passed, and situation repeated. The Master asked again:

‘Do you know why did you hit the target?’

‘Yes, I know it now’, the apprentice answered.

‘You’ve acquired the mastery now! Be aware that you should not only learn archery this way, but also yourself, and the world around you. It is important to know not only what happened, but also the causes why it happened.’

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