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01 March 2007 @ 10:16 am
Tao of the Day: Forget  
Stop being holy, forget being prudent,
it'll be a hundred times better for everyone.
Stop being altruistic, forget being righteous,
people will remember what family feeling is.
Stop planning, forget making a profit,
there won't be any thieves and robbers.
But even these three rules
needn't be followed; what works reliably
is to know the raw silk,
hold the uncut wood.
Need little,
want less.
Forget the rules,
be untroubled.

- Lao Tzu (Ursula K. Le Guin: 19)
Kburgunder on March 1st, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Family feeling
If it was up to me, I'd have used "community feeling" instead of "family feeling".

There was a day when, long ago, before altruism and righteousness possessed me, I felt naturally compelled to help someone in my community when I had the time and resources to accomodate accommodate. It wasn't that often and only when someone really needed it and I was really able to help. The demands of altruism, proper manners, etc. seem to cloud that natural judgment I once had, and while I'm closer to that original state than I've been since I was a little girl, I'm not there until I stop questioning my motivation when I'm compelled to lend a hand. When my intellect isn't brought to task in those moments, I'll be another step closer to that state of grace.