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Original Freedom

From Stephen Mitchell’s The Second Book of the Tao:

23.

Master Ssu, Master Yu, Master Li,
and Master Lai were talking.
“Whoever can see non-being as his
head, life as his back, and death as
his butt, whoever knows that
existence and non-existence are one
body–that’s someone we can be
friends with.” The four men looked at
one another and smiled.

Then Master Yu got sick. Master
Ssu went to visit him. “How are you?”
he said.

Master Yu said, “Amazing! Look at
how the Creator has bent me out of
shape. My back is so curved that my
intestines are on top of me. My chin
digs into my belly button, my
shoulders arch over my head, and my
neck bones point to the sky.” Yet he
seemed peaceful and unconcerned.

Hobbling over to the well, he looked
in and said, “My, my! How totally He
has bent me out of shape!”

“Are you discouraged?” asked
Master Ssu.

“Not at all,” Master Yu said. “why
should I be? If things go on like this,
maybe He’ll change my left arm into
a rooster, and I’ll announce the
dawn. Maybe He’ll change my right
arm into a crossbow, and I’ll shoot a
duck for dinner. Or maybe He’ll
change my buttocks into wheels, and
with my spirit for a horse I’ll climb up
into myself and go for a ride. I won’t
ever need a wagon again!

“I received life when the time came,
and I’ll give it back when the time
comes. Anyone who understands the
proper order of things–that
everything happens at exactly the
right time–will be untouched by
sorrow or joy. In ancient times this
was called ‘original freedom.’ When
you argue with reality, you lose. It
has always been this way. That’s
why I have no complaint whatsoever.”



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powerful words...

... When
you argue with reality, you lose. It
has always been this way. That’s
why I have no complaint whatsoever...

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Michael Nystrom's picture

How can one complain? Especially knowing the facts...

When you argue with reality, you lose.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

I call it "paradigm shifting"...

Just having read Part One of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey seems to have similar terminology.

I'm really curious how the rest of the book will be. Really liked part one.

Cheer up my friend

The reality is you can't lose.
Autumn winter the traffic will be up big time.
The presidential season is coming and it's going to make your site the star of the alternative media.

Do not allow for the reality to not come to your House!

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Do not allow for the reality to not come to your House!

Well that is most certainly a profound statement Tom. Profound in its simplicity.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts