Tuesday, November 13, 2018

What is the interdependent web of all existence?

Have you notice that those who preach morality are often the most immoral?

Have you noticed that those who insist on the rule of law know all the loop holes?

Have you noticed that those who insist on justice engage in systemic injustice beneath their awareness.

Hyprocrisy is the burden of those who preach to others the good.

It is written in the Tao Te Ching that:
When Tao is lost, people want to be good.
When goodness is lost, they insist on kindness.
When kiindness is lost, they create ritual.
When ritual is lost, they rely on faith and loyalty.
When faith and loyalty are questioned, there arises confusion.
When confusion abounds, people try to predict the future.
Predicting the future descends into folly.

Folly begets crisis and trauma that may lead to a dawning.
With the dawning arises an idea that there must be a better way.
The Way is found on a search for Truth and Meaning which is beyond description.
The wise have found their way back to Tao.

Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote seven things, the fourth of which is the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This truth and meaning is to be found not in goodness, kindness, ritual, faith, loyalty, confusion, folly, crisis and trauma, but back at the Center, the Ground of Our Being, the Indescribible Basis of the ten thousand things which is beyond comprehension, and in which we trust, which UUs have named the "interdependent web of all existence."

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the series of articles paraphrasing the Tao Te Ching. They are informative and inspiring.


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