Usually, when I’m tagged for an internet meme, I freeze like a deer caught in headlights. My mind goes blank — along with any ideas I might have had on how to respond to the meme. But within the last week, I’ve been tagged three times for a meme so simple that even I am confident I can accomplish it. Here’s how it works:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
I’ve been tagged three times, so that’s three books. The first book is in response to Enreal’s tag:
From Crossing Open Ground by Barry Lopez:
“It is argued also that the huge organ, located in the head, serves as a means of generating and focusing sound, but there is not yet any agreement on these speculations.”
“Of the many sperm whale strandings in recorded history, only three have been larger than the one in Oregon. The most recent was of fifty-six on the eastern Baja coast near Playa San Rafael on January 6, 1979.”
My next handy book is in response to Baekho’s tag.
From Three Pillars of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau:
“STUDENT [interrupting]: I had no ideas until I came here. I was just concentrating on Mu with all my might and not thinking of anything else.”
“ROSHI: Very well. When you return to your place, stop striving to achieve unity with Mu and profoundly question yourself, ‘Why can’t I realize that when I hear there is nothing more than hearing?'”
My last book is in response to Amina Ae Sook’s tag.
From In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran:
“In one sense, all religions are syncretic, or at least all currently existing religions are syncretic. This is because every existing society communicates with, and exchanges beliefs and practices with, other societies. In some societies, different social groups have competing religions that involve many of the same elements, but in different relationships that symbolize their differing social relations.”
Rather than tag five people, I think I will simply leave it up to any reader who is charmed by this meme to take it up on his or her blog.