Dependence upon another is a sign of individual weakness, I believe.
so did cynics.
we find solace in death.
“Being straightforward, being direct, being honest, telling it like it is … We call it ruthless compassion.”
Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.
Tao “the way”, “the path”. it is often represented by water because water always seeks the path of least resistance, yet is strong enough to demolish even stone when no other recourse is available. everything below flows from this.Here are 10 guides to the Way. To live them is to follow the Simple Tao as I see it, where it is up to us to tell the story, each in our own small way.
- Make your goal effortless action
avoid unnecessary action or action that is not spontaneous.
- Treasure simplicity
eliminate whatever is unnecessary and artificial and appreciate the simple and the apparently ordinary.
- Cultivate stillness
only stillness will clear muddy waters and enable you to see the truth.
- Be patient
can you remain unmoving until the right action arises?
- Be gentle
love peace and restraint and avoid all unnecessary violence. “do not regard weapons as lovely things. for to think them lovely means to delight in them, and to delight in them means to delight in the slaughter of men.” (source)