The dragon within

The dragon within

"Where will you wear that dragon coat?" The embossed dragon insignia on the coat would certainly attract attention, especially because of its kung fu styling. "I will just wear it around the house," I proffered. The question bothered me but my response bothered me even more. Surely I will wear the coat everywhere and at all times! It is not so much the coat with its insignia as it is a way of being in the world. The coat is a sign for me and for those with whom I interact. Don’t you see a dragon within me?

The dragon is a metaphor for wisdom. A dragon embossed on a jacket is an explicit representation of wise action, or encapsulating right action, especially ethical conduct. In an implicit way I wear the jacket every day since it is close to my heart, acting as a reminder of how to be in the world, in the moment being wise, acting wise, and being aware of what is happening and especially how I conduct myself as interactions emerge continuously. It is not necessary to wear a jacket embossed with a dragon in order to be wise and enact right conduct. However, occasionally wearing a jacket that displays a dragon is a sign, especially to myself, that I can enact wisdom continuously and, in so doing, maintain awareness of the appropriateness of my conduct. Being human, I expect to fall short and in so doing be aware of my shortcomings and act in restorative ways that sustain a high quality of the living and nonliving universe. Wise action is a requisite for wellness, sustainability, and harmony in the universe – wise action is a benefit for all not just for me.

Kenneth Tobin 2015