Re: Between Worth and Worthless
Posted by ButchO on 5/14/2011, 11:00 pm, in reply to "Between Worth and Worthless"
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: Greetings all,
: From our good friend's blog, Bao Pu points
: to Zhuangzi's "Avoiding entanglements
: and living out one's natural lifespan."
: This parable works on the assumption that
: living out onefs natural lifespan
: (I´VN) is desired/valued. Passing
: between the extremes of being useful and
: useless is a fairly good course of action,
: but avoiding all entanglements can only be
: achieved by being extremely flexible,
: elusive and unpredictable and gtaking
: harmony for your measureh (Èa×Ê).
: Likewise, gavoiding
: entanglements/attachmentsh (ÆÁÝ) is
: valued as well.
: To me this is where the rubber meets the
: road. Being extremely flexible, elusive and
: unpredictable and "taking harmony for
: your measure" allows us freedom from
: our own desires.
: Perhaps this philosophy is exemplified when,
: producing an art piece that is composed of
: its elements and guided by its nature.
: in peace,
I can touch my toes
And wiggle my ears.
I am nothing
To want to be free from one's desires is itself a desire, and as such an infinite regression.
What I want is not to have my desires beat me up, or beat up anyone else for that matter. Moderation in all things, including moderation.
I do not want to separate myself from any part of myself for such separation is more problematic than any aspect of my being.
When a person takes a position that is against a natural aspect of his or her being an un-natural aspect often arises.
What I would like to be separate from is the notion that I am separate from anything that I experience.