Friday, March 4, 2011

Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-4 Not by intelligence

Today's Tao

Not governing a country by intelligence does it good. (Ch.65)

"Be stupid!"

"Don't be intelligent!"

That's what Lao Tzu is saying.

If you prefer less vulgar expressions, you can say:

"Be like dust." (☞See Kanshiketsu / Like dust 56-7)


"Be like water". (☞See Tao Te Ching Chapter 8 Be like water)

Without intelligence, or without material wealth, it is easier to regard the world as a catalyst.

While someone is praising you by saying "you are intelligent" or if your own self is convinced that you are smarter than others, it is difficult to accept that the Self does not belong to you personally.

That's why intelligence is a hindrance.

Intelligence doesn't exist.

It is an interpretation of some information.

Neither does your own self.

It is a name for a "small" part of your hologram.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 65

Tao answers your question!

☞I don't know if it is the same with you. But when a Japanese person hear the expressions like "Kita e iku 北へ行く/ going for the north" and "Kita no kuni 北の国 / a northern country", they provoke a particular emotion in him. Surely the northern parts of Japan have never been like Tokyo or Kyoto, but exactly because of this the act of going or living there has a special signification to the person. It is like a surfer going to the Southern Pacific on the hunt for big waves. If you are a novelist from the north, you are an heir of a rich oral tradition.You deserve some respect as a surfer from Hawaii or Tahiti does. Saigyo was a 12th-century poet / Buddhist monk, probably born in the Kyoto area, and traveled the north of Japan twice. Osamu Dazai, the author of this modern classic «No Longer Human / Ningen Shikkaku», was born in the northern tip of Japan's main island, Honshu, and became a successful novelist and ladies' man in Tokyo.

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