Daily Archives: January 23, 2009

Stepping beyond the present fear

Fear is beginning to permeate the air.  Companies big and small are dismissing employees as the economy continues its freefall downward.   The economy is experiencing greater stress as each day passes.

What can be done to restore the hope that is needed to get the economy to being its upward movement?

 

 

Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
you position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.

Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.

Written by Lao-tzu
From a translation by S. Mitchell

http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html#13