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Chuang Tzu: Chapter 11

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From Chuang Tzu's Simple Adventure, here's the story:


LITTLE BIRDIE: "If you don't control the world, then how can you improve the human heart?"


LAO TZU: "Let me describe the human heart. In stillness, it resembles emptiness: creative and mysterious. In action, it resembles playfulness: always changing and moving wherever it pleases, as fast as lightning. If some fathead comes along and forces it in a certain way, then it resists with ferocious hatred.


"The more rigid a ruler's expectations, the more punishments he carries out. When the Holy Fathead created wrong, he created crime; when he created crime, he created a need for punishment. Nowadays, the Way is as runny as potato soup with no thickstuff to sink your teeth into. It's no wonder that all the sages live on distant mountains! The method we use to improve the human heart is fundamentally flawed, yet we still keep using it.


"Condemned inmates look at each other and wonder what they did to deserve such serious punishment while some fathead struts around and parrots the dogma that landed them there. What fools! Knowledge enslaves. By trying to control the world, a ruler puts it in shackles.


"The human heart doesn't need improvement, and the world doesn't need to be controlled. Everything can take care of itself."

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Taken on March 17, 2012