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03 April 2007 @ 08:00 am
Tao of the Day  
There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.

- Lao Tzu (46: trans. Stephen Mitchell)
Varnvarn_ix on April 3rd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
As with all eastern mystical utterances, this one is also to be taken with a pound of salt. There are ill-meaning characters about, whether you fear them or not, and preparation to defend yourself is good business practice if nothing else. Lack of fear is not a deterrent, the opponent might see it as a challenge.

That said, not feeling threatened by differentness is a definite plus for your stress management.
Master Arsonist: Cookie Starts with Capostle on April 3rd, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
An Unsolicited Opinion...
I agree that this, as with all things, should be taken with skepticism and said pound of salt. However, it can also be taken in another light.

It is inevitable that one encounter either opposition or resistance in life. Fearing those encounters leads to blindness of the reality of the situation, panic, and will cause even the most acute of tactical and strategic minds to compensate for conceived expectations that are not based on the reality of ones situation.

The need to protect oneself is not to be ignored as part of this idea, but rather it should server as a reminder to focus ones effort on that which is real rather than that which is nothing more than a specter comprised of our own emotions.
RocketGirl: Franky Cookeonen on April 3rd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with this; lack of fear can only accomplish so much:

"See that piece of debris that fell off the International Space Station? I'm not afraid of it!" *squick*

Chance favors the prepared, yanno? I was thinkin' this before I read the comments, and since it had already been said, I figured I needed to second it.

Now, if we're talkin' about situations where you're the only variable, yeah, being fearless will probably make things work out, because fear causes hesitation, and hesitation can make you do a half-assed job in the clinch. but how often in life are you the only variable, even under laboratory conditions?

Just sayin'...
Dancing Until My Last Breath: Barebatboymaxx on April 4th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Have I ever told you how grateful I am that you post these? I love reading them.