Number 48 ~ THE WELL
The well. The town may be changed,
But the well cannot be changed.
It neither decreases nor increases.
They come and go and draw from the well.
If one gets down almost to the water
And the rope does not go all the way,
Or the jug breaks, it brings misfortune.
The well is the symbol of that social structure which, evolved by mankind in meeting its most primitive needs, is independent of all political forms. Political structures change, as do nations, but the life of man with its needs remains eternally the same ~ this cannot be changed. Life is also inexhaustible. It grows neither less nor more; it exists for one and for all. The generations come and go and all enjoy life in its inexhuastible abundance.