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THEME: Taosim – Lao Tzu
VISUAL POETIC REFLECTION: "Warrior Poet"
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COMPLETE TEXT: BEING IN THE WORLD ©2020"Being in the World"
Holding on to things often results
in being imprisoned by them.
Letting things go often results
in being liberated from them.
The flexibility of releasing one thing,
for the possibility of embracing another –
A warrior who acts in time –
is a warrior outside of mind.
No longer a prisoner to thought and choice –
Time matters no more, and solutions reveal themselves.
Problems and challenges are simple –
Do not complicate them.
Truth and honesty need no clarification –
Do not use lies to confound them.
The world is beyond your capacity to interpret –
So, neither judge nor condemn it.
Who are you to change the world?
Do you think you are greater than the entire universe?
Be content to rule your own life –
Avoid the desire to rule the world, or others.
When advising those in authority –
Caution against using force to intimidate their neighbors.
Force is met with resistance – leading to greater force;
Encouraging only greater resistance.
This is the recipe for war.
Death, destruction, and devastation
are the currency of unchecked ambition.