Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 October 2001
Vol. 2001, Issue 1, p. aa2


Reverse Living


Taken from the book "After the Ecstasy, the Laundry," by Jack Kornfield (Published by Bantam Books). "Reverse Living" was passed on to him unattributed by a student at a retreat. Mr. Kornfield has searched diligently for the author without success.;2001/1/aa2

Life is tough

It takes alot of your time,

all your weekends,

and what do you get at the end of it?

Death, a great reward.

I think that the life cycle is all backwards.

You should die first, get it out of the way.

Then you live twenty years in an old-age home.

You are kicked out when you're too young.

You get a gold watch, you go to work.

You work forty years until you're

young enough to enjoy your retirement.

You go to college,

you party until you're ready for high school.

You become a little kid, you play,

you have no responsibilities,

you become a little boy or girl,

you go back into the womb,

you spend your last nine months floating.

And you finish off as a gleam in someone's eye.

October 3, 2001 Citation: Unknown, Reverse Living. Science's SAGE KE (3 October 2001),;2001/1/aa2

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