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Why Do We Fish? Final

by: Lloyd Tackitt 2/19/2014

I've mentioned some of the reasons we fish, and many of you have replied with even more.  And yet there are tons more reasons than we've mentioned together.  That list could go on for a long time.

So, there are many reasons we fish, but I think those are kind of like symptoms.  The reasons we can list aren't THE reason, they are "also" reasons.  Side effects so to speak.  I believe that there is a single underlying reason that we fish.  But there's a problem describing that reason.

The problem, it turns out, is that there are some things that can not be adequately described in words.  Words are not compatible with certain things.  Calling those things feelings doesn't help either.  If I said "I fish because it feels good" I wouldn't be coming close.  Words fail in describing certain things, ascribing those reasons as feelings fails also.  Why we fish is one of them.

In Zen this problem is partially resolved with Koans.  You know the most famous one of course "the sound of one hand clapping".  These create a confusion in the mind, a deliberate way of saying "it can't be said directly".  The reason we fish can't be stated direcltly.

So I'm going to answer the question of why we fish, with a kind-of-sort-of Koan. 

Wolf howls at moon.

And that's why we fish, it's a fundametal "nature of the animal" sort of thing.


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Member comments
Coyute, CO   2/19/2014 9:35:33 AM
Sounds good to me. /howl
Dave Mauldin, TX   2/19/2014 5:09:00 PM
It is hard to explain. Why is this a fundamental "nature of the animal"? ... Is it because this basic need or function is engrained into us since the beginning of time? ... See Genesis chapter 1, focus on vs. 20-28.
Coyute, CO   2/19/2014 7:50:32 PM
some need a book to point out the obvious, some don't. :)
skiman, CO   2/20/2014 6:24:58 AM
" is what it is...and therefore I am one with what it is...what ever it is...when ever it is...when I am one with it!"... Got me thinking and reflecting. Good Blog Lloyd, Thank-you! Ski
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