Our thoughts are with Jeremy today; who will be facing an arduous challenge.
We are with you all the way, dear friend.
“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.” - JFK
Context. Connection. Engagement.
We can say that Tao is the context for everything, but we must go deeper than that.
All things are relative to their surroundings nd to us Strictly speaking, something that is one way to us will be another way to someone else. It might be very subtle, but there will be differences worth considering.
What do we do with this understanding? First, we have to consider that all things are connected. Although the angles of relationships shift and differ for each of us, we must be aware of the actual connections and even take advantage of them.
Secondly, we have to understand that relationships are transitory. We must have constant awareness to fit ourselves into the changing constellations of life.
Thirdly, we have to understand the value of our own point of view. Out of this mass of changing concordances, we must pick out the coordinates by which we act at any given moment.
We should take comfort in this situation. As long as we engage life fully, we need not fear being separated from the essential current of life.
Deng Ming-Dao (author)
The four seasons of Autumn 1954
by Fu Bao Shi
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