Zen and the Nature of Flow

In which a Developer learns about the opposing forces of work.

A Buddhist monk and student watching the moon appear from behind the clouds

A Developer came to see a Master.

“Why, what’s the matter,” said the Master. “You look exhausted.”

“I am, Master,” said the Developer. “The CEO demands that we work harder and harder. But the strange thing is, the more tasks we’re taking on, the fewer we get done.”

“Ah,” said the Master. “You see, there are two opposing forces. The force of More and the force of Little.”

“What do those forces do, Master?”

The Master looked up the sky. The moon was appearing from behind two parting clouds, as if she was pushing them away, and she illuminated their faces.

At that moment, the Developer was Enlightened.

Follow-up post

In the next post, we’re going to get into the details of this paradox.

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