Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In-between Grand Theorizations

I have come to recognize that the best attempts at theorizing life - or perhaps intellectualizing life - is thwarted by life itself.

Kinda reminds me of the wisdom of Taoist master Lao Tzu who said: “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”

The problem of grand theorizations is the problem of being hurried.  That is seeking quick or ready answers to explain or predict this or that phenomenon - it is a fashionable delusion.

In all of the rush too many forget the flow of life.  The metaphorical river that flows despite the attempts to describe its essence.

Even where life is disrupted it returns as if it anticipated the disruption and the thinker is left sitting on the banks with just theory.

There are days like today when my pretenses are stripped and my grand theories offer no recourse and no comfort.

It is then that I remember my commitment to seek balance and peace of mind.

Inside of remembering is the return to a truism that a simple life is all that is needed.  No grand theories.  No exciting new prospects to do this and achieve that.  No need to be seen and recognized.

Just exist and find the eternal balance in the metaphorical flow of the river that is life because the answers to life do not require riveting questions and grand theories.

Life is life.  All that exists will exist even when existence does not exist.  It is the acceptance of nothing inside of everything and the other way around.

To find purpose in life is to have no purpose at all.

It is for this reason that the Tao master Chuang Tzu said: “The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.”

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Kimberly said...


I look forward to sitting next to that river with you.

The top of the world.

To peace and flowing with the river.


Ridwan said...

Hola Kim:

Keep pressing on Kimmie.

Tomorrow it will all seem inconsequential and the balance will return.

Disappointments are never permanent and therefore inconsequential too.

I absolutely admire your fortitude.

Peace to you,