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08 December 2008 @ 08:24 am
Tao of the Day  
Act disinterestedly - without intending that your action shall change the course of nature.
Behave disinterestedly - without trying to impose your own ideas upon the lives of others.
- Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching #63, trans. Bahm)
Current Mood: easier said than done (hmph)
Current Music: "Give Me A Chance" - Jerin Falkner
me_you_you_me on December 16th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
In his book on happiness, the Dalai Lama says that we should ignore the minutiae that so often distract us, focusing only on what is truly important to our happiness and wellbeing. On the other hand, the Hagakure says that we should focus on the details, treatng minor decisions as if they are a matter of life and death, the logic being that if all those minor decisions are carefully considered, then those matters which are important to us will fall into place.

Perhaps Lao Tzu is striking a balance between the two. Myself, I think there is a time and a place for either point of view. Wisdom then is knowing the right course of inaction to take at a given time.