“Heaven and earth are impartial; they see the 10,000 things as straw dogs. The sage is not sentimental; he treats all his people as straw dogs.” From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
I need to grow up. I haven’t written about this quote because, quite frankly, I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all. Am I committed to this discipline or not? Or should I just be committed? (Really? Committed has two t’s? Ugh, and I call myself an English teacher!)
Ok, let’s start with a few definitions. The 10,000 things, according to ancient Chinese thought, are all that I can experience through sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell – the physical universe in which I live and move and have my being.
Straw Dogs (from which the film of the same name adopted its title – have never viewed it, should I?) are ceremonial dogs created out of straw and decorated and revered during ancient Chinese rituals at the conclusion of which the straw dogs were then unceremoniously discarded as rubbish.
So. Heaven and earth—the Creator and the creation—see the physical universe as something to be revered and cherished but ultimately deemed no longer useful. Therefore, the wise person also treats relationships as expendable.
Nope. Don’t like this one little bit. No thank you.
But. But if the straw dog refers to the part of me that is mortal—my human form—then I suppose it makes sense. Just not feeling all warm and fuzzy about this Truth no matter how Truthy it is.
“…there is no partiality with God.” Romans 2:11