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A. Yin Yang circle

 

Everyone in the world knows what is beautiful, but it is just ugly.


Everyone in the world knows what is good, but it is just no good.


Beauty is not universal. Neither is virtue.


Any judgement is misleading because, when you judge something, you divide into two things what is originally one.


All you have to do is to accept the one, not dissect one.


After all, it is your hologram that you create, and it is pointless to be a judge on the world where you are the creator.



Truly, Everything and Nothing give birth to each other.


"Everything and Nothing" may remind you of the infamous Buddhist quote: "Everything is Nothing and Nothing is Everything", which sounds so uninviting that people who look for some concrete answers to their life might think it is just a game of words.


A slightly easier synonym of this defiant quotation is "Colors are vacuous. A vacuum has colors".


The first sentence can be decoded "The colors of a so-called reality that you are seeing is, in fact, a hologram you create in your mind. It is as empty as illusion".


The Second sentence can be "If you want to see Tao, the non-spacial field, look at your hologram, which is the mountains, the rivers, the lands, the sun, the moon, the stars, and life.



"Nothing" (=Tao =the fundamental energy) creates "Everything" (=your hologram). Everything (=your hologram) stimulates you as a catalyst in order that you will emit more of the energy (=Nothing =Tao)


Hopefully, you can set aside the Aristotelian physics we learn at school.


With a little help from quantum physics and the concept of the floating world (=a hologram) in the country of geishas, you will be able to accept the idea of the fundamental energy in the non-spacial field.


Or, just pretend that you agree to the concept. It will make it easier to understand Tao Te Ching.


beautiful   -    ugly

      good   -   bad

   difficult   -   easy

       long   -   short

       high   -   low


All the comparisons need something to compare with.


Do you want to be beautiful for the purpose of looking down on someone ugly?


Do you want to be good so as to criticize someone bad?


Whether you find the person ugly or bad, he is part of your hologram.


In other words, he is you.


Why do you want to judge yourself, dissecting yourself into two.



Intended voices and accidental noises harmonize with each other.


"Intended voices" are the part of your hologram that you can control with intention.


It is the conventional <self> you live with, like your body.



"Accidental noises" are the other part of your hologram that is beyond your control, like clouds in the sky or other people.



You do not doubt that your body is yours, but can you move your body parts as you like?


Your arms your mouth, yes, you can, but can you control your heartbeat or the movements of your stomach?


The "accidental noises" part in your hologram is exactly like your heart or intestines. It is yours, but you cannot control them.



The controllable and the uncontrollable "harmonize with each other" because they are one.


If they are one, there is no use judging and criticizing it.



Before and after follow each other.


It explains the well-known Yin and Yang circle.


The fundamental energy creates a hologram. The hologram stimulates the emission of the energy.


It can also be interpreted as you project the others in your hologram and they define you.


Being independent is impossible because everyone and everything is inter-dependent.


Being individual is an illusion because every being is connected.



That is the reason why "the sage" do not act directly.


His intention is already heard by the others the moment he thinks about it.


One can say that his intention is induced by the others.


The sage knows that his reasoning and feelings are like high winds and breezes, for which he doesn't have to be responsible.


This is to act without acting.

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