“The usefulness of what is depends on what is not.”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
(Just as long as I don’t have use depends yet…but it’s good to know that they are an option in case “what is not” happens to be my plumbing…I hope it doesn’t offend if I have fun with this from time to time…the usefulness of sharing my thoughts depends on what is not turning people away from reading them!!)
The usefulness of faith depends on the absence of fear.
The usefulness of love depends on the absence of fear.
The usefulness of life depends on the absence of fear.
Some may argue that doubt, hate, and death are the opposites of faith, love, and life but aren’t each of these rooted in fear? Do we not doubt because we dread that our faith may be unfounded? Do we not hate because we are terrified of the vulnerability of love? Do we not die (spiritually, emotionally, mentally and finally physically) because we are afraid to live?
In any given circumstance I have the choice to respond with either the energies of love or fear. All human emotions are rooted in either one or the other. The bible says that the fruit of the spirit is love, which displays itself as joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Love—however expressed—is the spiritual solution to anything I call a “problem” today.
May these thoughts be useful to you .