“Every experience that we have, everything that we do and think is registered upon us as surely as the steady embroidery of a tattoo artist. But to a large degree, the pattern and picture that will emerge is up to us.
“If we go to a tattoo artist, it is we who select the picture. In life, it is we who select what we will become by the actions we perform.
“There is no reason to go through life thoughtlessly, to let accident shape us. That is like allowing oneself to be tattooed by a blind man.”
— Deng Ming-Dao, 365 Tao