Infrequent speech is natural, like weather patterns.
Just as a gentle breeze cannot not last throughout a leader’s entire reign,
Unexpected rain cannot outlast the month.
Who or what causes this?
The sky and earth.
If the planet itself cannot yet control its situational outbursts,
even with all the time it has had to learn about itself,
what chance does a person have?
So, if you’re undertaking the mighty task of getting right with the Tao,
Make your life easier by hanging out with like-minded (Tao-minded) folks.
Bird of a feather flock together for good reason: they achieve and fail together.
And having a support net is important for personal well-being.
All of us who follow this similar reasoning (or Tao) enjoy the happiness that comes from it.
Together, as people alike in integrity, that particular integrity smiles upon us.
And those who miss the mark, the ones who don’t believe: The Tao smiles upon them as well, as near as they can tell.
But Lao Tzu asks you,”Evidence is lacking? How? Do you distrust your very existence?”
In this society, where we watch The Matrix, streaming on our TV over the internet, and are made to read both A Brave New World and 1984 before we graduate high school, I’d have to say, that pretty much anyone with a thinking mind would.
Translated by others, Lao Tzu’s words could also have been translated to say that a lack of faith on the part of man is met by a lack of faith’s reward.
Or in modern terms: The customer is always right, at least when it comes to faith in whether or not there is a God.
Heck, even in Christianity they say that which we hold true on earth will be held true in the kingdom of Heaven. Much as I hate to give a nod in that direction. 😉
And in my Jewish way, I say, as I have many times in my life,
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד.
Hear, O Israel, The Lord is Our G-d, The Lord is One.
One side of the EVERYTHING. That which enables existence. No more, no less.
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