This is a story of C who lived a box. Everything was all right with his life, except he was not happy. He was told not to look out of the box, because there was evil outside. Also he was told that if he did, he would not be able to go to the big box in the sky.
In the box, he had always noticed a small spring in the box. He often tried to throw the spring out the box, but it always came back. He started to play with the spring, jumping up and down. He started to notice that the more he played with it, the more the spring got larger. He was able to jump higher. One day as he was playing with the spring, he was able to see out of the box. The world outside did not appear as dark as he was told. Another day as he was jumping, the spring propelled him out of the box. C panicked as he was in unfamiliar territory. He noticed that the spring fortunately had also landed out the box. C quickly jumped back into the box. As time went on, C was able to stay out of the box for longer periods. He found out the life out of the box made him happy. He noticed that the walls in his box became shorter, until they gradually disappeared. He was finally a part of the world.
This is just an allegory, but it has significant meaning. In the world, there are religions that attempt to essentially brainwash us. They tell us to believe the unbelievable; they tell us not to use our minds. In the story, the spring represents the mind. We are the only species that has the ability to think. We must use our minds to understand. In the Tip of the Writing Brush there is a verse that summarizes this.
Though I have gathered many and varied missionaries,
those that are like a distorted mirror will not do. 3-50
The distorted mirror reflects an image that is not true. This is like a mind that cannot understand what it sees. Like the spring in the story that C used to see the true world, we must use our minds to understand. With understanding, we will find that true joy cannot be contained in a box; it must be shared with the world.