First, watch this short video of ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewing NBA star Dennis Rodman about his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
George and Dennis exemplify two profoundly different ways of seeing the world. In this case, each is personifying somewhat the extreme, which really helps highlight the models: One is more idealistic and informed by preconceptions of what ‘should be’. The other is more intuitive, ‘naïve’, honest and spontaneous—animal like, if you will. Consider this in the context of chapter 16 here…
The impartial therefore whole, whole therefore natural (see below) view hidden somewhere between these extremes would be the Taoist path to nearly rising beyond oneself, as I see it. Anyway, listen carefully and ponder between the lines. There is a lot of subtle meat here for thoughtful minds to ponder.
Devote effort to emptiness, sincerely watch stillness.
Everything ‘out there’ rises up together, and I watch again.
Everything ‘out there’, one and all, return again to their root cause.
Returning to the root cause is called stillness,
this means answering to one’s destiny;
Answering to one’s destiny is called the constant,
knowing the constant is called honest.
Not knowing the constant, rash actions lead to ominous results.
Knowing the constant allows, allowing therefore impartial,
Impartial therefore whole, whole therefore natural,
Natural therefore the way.
The way therefore long enduring, nearly rising beyond oneself.
The impartial therefore whole, whole therefore natural view hidden somewhere between the extremes George and Dennis exemplify would be the Taoist path to nearly rising beyond oneself, as I see it. Anyway, listen carefully and ponder between the lines. There is a lot of subtle meat here for thoughtful minds to ponder.