Sunday, March 19, 2017

It is


Each time you say, “It shouldn’t be,” a fine layer of residue settles on your life — your body, your expression, your outlook, your dreams. And when you say, “It is,” the layers are immediately washed away, leaving you brighter than light and lighter than air, a child among angels, an angel among men. When you encounter fire or a poisonous spider, you don’t say, “This fire shouldn’t be hot,” or, “This spider shouldn’t be poisonous.” Without thinking, you accept what they are and simply move away. Therefore, when you encounter someone whose behavior is selfish and destructive, to say he or she shouldn’t be selfish and destructive is of no use whatsoever. The natural, healthy response is to simply not condone, admire, or emulate that form of behavior. Yes, you can crush the spider. But you can’t crush all of them. And yes, you can murder or imprison the monster. But you can’t murder or imprison all of them. What you can do, is to see that you don’t allow the spider and monster to come between you and this beautiful opportunity of understanding yourself and the world. What you can do, is to not resort to poisonous, monstrous tactics yourself. Fighting fire with fire is not the answer-all profundity it sounds. At the height of the conflagration, the natural response is to be water. In the face of evil, love is the most logical way of meeting the moment — the moment that is never what it should be, and always what it is.



5 comments:

Jonathan Chant said...

Wise words, good sense. Thank you William.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, too, Jonathan.

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

"I accept reality and dare not question it."

- Walt Whitman

William Michaelian said...

Perfect. To which I’m tempted to add, Nor will I try to define it.

Gary B. Fitzgerald said...

Aha! I knew you were a Transcendentalist all along. Well, speaking as a Taoist, I say good for you!