“One who sees himself as everything is fit to be guardian of the world.”
(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
Could this be sarcasm? Surely he jests. (Wait. Did I just call Lao Tzu Shirley?) I will relinquish my remaining space to St. John of the Cross:
If you would come to taste all things,
then do not seek to taste anything.
If you would come to possess all things,
then do not seek to possess anything.
I you would come to be everything,
then do not work to be anything.
To reach that which you do not know, you have
to go by the way where you know nothing.
To come to possess what you do not possess, you have
to go by the way in which you have no possessions.
To reach what you are not, you have
to go by the way in which you are nothing.
Ok. Well. Glad we cleared that up.
- A Year of the Tao – Day 33 (dawenings.wordpress.com)