January 20th, 2011

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 65 - Before Time, Before China

In the beginning those who knew the Tao did not try to enlighten others,
But kept it hidden.
Why is it so hard to rule?
Because people are so clever.
Rulers who try to use cleverness
Cheat the country.
Those who rule without cleverness
Are a blessing to the land.
These are the two alternatives.
Understanding these is Primal Virtue.
Primal Virtue is deep and far.
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness.
Daily Tao - November 17th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Nothing to fear but fear itself

What's your deepest, darkest fear? Have you tried to overcome it?

My greatest fear, sad to say,  is a fear of other people, of social interaction, of human relationships.; and what else is there except loneliness (which i do not fear).  Until about three years ago (and i am an old man) i could not understand other human beings or why they thought the way the did or acted the way they did, nor could i understand why i couldn't understand them.  I finally realized that i am different; that a have a neurological condition that only about one person in one-hundred has.  This piece of knowledge has done wonders for me in alleviating my fear.  Sure human beings are dangerous, but they are just as dangerous to each other as they are to me, probably more so.  The fear comes mostly from my own ignorance rather than  from circumstances in the real world.  My condition probably actually provides me with protection as others are as likely to avoid me as i am to avoid them.  And I have allowed a few very wonderful people to break through my shell (at least part way).