“Sharpen a blade too much and its edge will soon be lost. Fill your house with jade and gold and it brings insecurity.”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
Interesting pairing of concepts. Both have something to do with excesses in striving to achieve power either by force on the one hand or through riches on the other. In either case the search for security ends in futility.
We come into this life with nothing and leave with nothing. In the interim the only purpose that makes sense is to give everything away. But what do we have to give away if we have nothing? That’s the beauty of it—what we arrive with is everything we could ever want or need—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The bible refers to these as the fruit of the Spirit “against which there is no law.”
What if we taught our children that the nurturing and distribution of these qualities was their sole purpose for being here? What if we listened to our elders who after decades of trial and error have come to this same conclusion? What if Lennon and McCartney were right and all we need is love?