Hi all. I have lots of things going on in my head as far as things to write about. I’ve started writing about business, wealth and our attitude towards it, the concepts of good and bad, and contentment. It’s interesting to me how many ideas, concepts, and practices are connected to so many other things. For example. The idea of going with the flow. Generally speaking, I could apply going with the flow to all the ideas I have listed above.
I’ll leave you with a quick story/parable regarding good vs bad from the Taoist tradition. I’m sure some have heard it before, but it always makes me go, hmmmm….
It’s a story of a farmer and his horse.
One day his horse runs away. And his neighbor comes over and says, to commiserate, “I’m so sorry about your horse.” And the farmer says “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?” The neighbor is confused because this is clearly terrible. The horse is the most valuable thing he owns.
But the horse comes back the next day and he brings with him 12 feral horses. The neighbor comes back over to celebrate, “Congratulations on your great fortune!” And the farmer replies again: “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”
And the next day the farmer’s son is taming one of the wild horses and he’s thrown and breaks his leg. The neighbor comes back over, “I’m so sorry about your son.” The farmer repeats: “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”
Sure enough, the next day the army comes through their village and is conscripting able-bodied young men to go and fight in war, but the son is spared because of his broken leg.
And this story can go on and on like that. Good. Bad. Who knows?
How does this apply to the really “bad” stuff like Hitler, or losing a child, or something like that? I don’t know. We’ll talk more about this in the near future.
I hope you are well. I look forward to writing more soon.