The unrankable

A reporter once asked the Dalai Lama what the best moment of his life was. The wise man paused, smiled, and replied, ‘This moment’.

I found this to be a beautiful answer. By picking out any particular moment as the best one, we undermine all the other moments that comprise our life, including the present moment. The Dalai Lama didn’t fall into this trap.

We are often asked about our best ___ – place we have ever been to, friend we have made, dish we have eaten, person we have worked with, relative in the family, and so on. All of those things are unrankable – the very act of ranking them robs them of essence and undermines them.

And yet, we live in a world that routinely ranks human beings, thereby undermining what it means to be human.

That which is unrankable is better left unranked.

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