Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-2 Too intelligent
It is difficult to govern people because they are too intelligent. (Ch.65)
"How intelligent you are!"
When someone tells you this, does it make you happy?
If so, you have got a few things to think about.
First, is intelligence yours?
Is intelligence generated purely inside your own self?
Intelligence is information that comes and goes just like the clouds in the sky.
Second, does intelligence help you?
If you don't care about it, no problem.
It is like the flowers on the field.
But if you think that intelligence is a powerful tool to analyze the objective world, mmm, certainly it is a hindrance.
The word "people" means «you» in the Today's Tao sentence.
Lao Tzu is telling you:
"Don't be intelligent!".
-Too intelligent 65-2
-Harmful intelligence 65-3
-Not by intelligence 65-4
-Rules of Tao 65-5
-Miracle rule 65-6
-Miracle attainment 65-7
-Return to Tao 65-8
-Perfect integration 65-9
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 65
Tao answers your question!
☞The original of Akira Kurosawa's «Rashomon» is Ryunosuke Akutagawa's «In the Grove / Yabu no Naka». Akutagawa also wrote a short story called «Kappa». A kappa is a legendary bipedal semiaquatic creature. It is believed to be as intelligent as human beings, probably more. It has a dish-like body part situated on the top of the head, where it can keep water. As long as the part is wet, it can prolong the time outside the river. Kappa 河童 literally means a river kid. It is thought to adore cucumbers. That's why a sushi roll with a piece of cucumber is called "Kappa-maki".