Daily Tao, S. Mitchell Translation, Ch. 12 Excerpt Tuesday, Jul 29 2008 

Colors blind the eye.
Sounds deafen the ear.
Flavors numb the taste.
Thoughts weaken the mind.
Desires wither the heart.

The Master observes the world
but trusts his inner vision.
He allows things to come and go.
His heart is open as the sky.

It’s amazing how modern science has portrayed the sense of sight. To Western Civilization, and most scientists, the world can only be accepted when it is seen to be “real.” What we are fast learning is that what we sense is not appearing how we once perceived it to be. On the atomic scale, amounts of what we would call “space” seem to be outstandingly more present than what we would call “stuff.” The amazing thing is, when you take a reductionist approach, that we are primarily just that: “space.” Perhaps this affirms some truth in the statements made by Lao Tzu, which were recorded long before the standardization of the Scientific Method. When you stop being controlled by external judgement and focus on yourself instead, perhaps the world will make even more “sense” than ever before. When we judge ourselves and not others, the world can then fall into place.

By.Luis.Montemayor.

By.Luis.Montemayor.

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Daily Tao, S. Mitchell Translation, Ch. 72 Excerpt Monday, Jul 28 2008 

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren’t afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can’t achieve.

Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the master carpenter’s place.
When you handle the master carpenter’s tools,
chances are that you’ll cut your hand.

This seems to remind me of candles. On the molecular level, the flame is changing so fast it burns our fingers to touch the flame for more than a split-second. The best way to put out a candle, to me, is to eliminate the oxygen that reacts with it. Fire is unlike other “elements,” because it is simply the effect of matter chemically changing in form. Fire is both amazingly beneficial and amazingly destructive.

By.Teon.Harasymiv.

By.Teon.Harasymiv.