Sunday, June 20, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-8 Smooth = Tangled

Today's Tao

Smooth Tao seems tangled. (Ch.40)

Something that seems to be smooth and simple is, in fact, more uneven and tangled.

Our ecosystem is a good example.

We, insolent human beings, think we know all.

Then, we touch Nature and destroy it, and don't know what to do afterwards.

We need a modern Lao Tzu right now to stop us from making stupid mistakes.

Luckily, we have one. He is late Masanobu Fukuoka.

He teaches us an agriculture of doing nothing.

Don't worry. Something seemingly tangled is in fact simple, too.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 40

Tao answers your question!

-"We've gotta do something to change the world!" Wrong, absolutely wrong! We have to do nothing to change the world. Late Masanobu Fukuoka, an agriculturist and botanist, has transformed deserts into green fields by doing nothing. It is about time we learned that, every time we act on something directly, we disturb the natural course of change. A truly courageous man knows how to do nothing. Please allow me to feel proud of sharing the same nationality as this late exceptional human being. You never know. One day Fukuoka might be compared with Dogen or Lady Murasaki.


Anonymous said...

This is something the ancients Guarani tribes from these latitudes did. They didn't made great buildings like the Mayans or Aztecs, but they were great botanists. The Stevia used a lot there (in Japan) instead of sugar came from here. Unfortunately "modern" people here still conveniently believe they're uncivilized (yeah right! lol).

Thanks :)

NaotoMatsumoto said...


How uncivilized it is to call them "uncivilized"!

Naoto Matsumoto