It is easy to act wisely
surrounded by wisdom,
yet it is difficult to maintain wisdom among fools.
When one acts for nobody
others will come
explaining how to help themselves.
Mirror like gaze
revealing without words.
Appointed the highest;
dwells in the lowest,
embracing everything in no body,
as though death did not affect.
The highest honor is given
when it is never used,
never spent and never grasped.
Way forgets it is Way,
and so flows beyond remembering.
Yet Way can never be forgotten,
The hundred fold people know Way when they see it,
and use it for gain.
Yet gain is fooling others to recognize it’s semblance
which ripens into loss imbued with gain.
The only gain is in seeing it.
Using it for gain is losing it.
Introverting gain with loss
is to gain Way.
Forgetting form to gain Way-
this is the path to freedom.
They who want nothing
have everything ever,
and when they do not get it
they have too much.
What they require appears before them
in perfect time.
Culture shock arises when the well torn thought patterns
of habit collide with forms of relative novelty.
All expectations fail to arise
and so confusion sets in.
Imagine you are floating in outer space. There are many rocks floating around you, though everything is generally motionless… just sort of spinning around suspended. Now, if you take and throw one of these rocks, it will push you backwards with the same force with which you threw it, causing you to move the opposite direction through space.
The only way to slow down is to hit other rocks with your body, which will absorb the kinetic energy.
Every volitional action you emmit is throwing a rock. If you throw a rock upwards (positive), it will push you downwards and give your feet somthing to balance on for a moment. If you throw a rock downwards (negetive), it will thrust you upwards and you will hit your head on a rock.
As such, karma is punching a thorny shrub.