What should I do with my mind? Think of the way it broke until the breaking is language.
—from Small Porcelain Head by Allison Benis White
is just ahead of rustlers, where William S
forgoes some deep advantage, & moves on,
where Hashknife Hartley having the matter taped
the rats are flying. For the rats
have moved in, mostly, and this is for real.
This is how you feel when you’re formatting your thesis and preparing to move to the other side of the country and spending as much time as possible with the people you love before you do so, and then you get an email.
The Way is always uncontrived,
yet there’s nothing it doesn’t do.
If lords and monarchs could keep to it,
all beings would evolve spontaneously.
When they have evolved and want to act,
I would stabilize them with nameless simplicity.
Even nameless simplicity would not be wanted.
By not wanting, there is calm,
and the world will straighten itself.
-THE ESSENTIAL TAO
Should you want to contain something,
you must deliberately let it expand.
Should you want to weaken something,
you must deliberately let it grow strong.
Should you want to eliminate something,
you must deliberately allow it to flourish.
Should you want to take something away,
you must deliberately grant it.
This is called subtle illumination.
Flexibility and yielding
overcome adamant coerciveness.
Fish shouldn’t be taken from the depths;
the effective tools of the nation
shouldn’t be shown to others.
—THE ESSENTIAL TAO