Technology

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 28

Striving to make our way in the world seems prudent.
But if we trust our heart
we may find that the way opens
with the effortless ease of a budding flower.

Striving to live a life of virtue is approved of by all.
But if we trust our heart
we may find the power of our true nature
everywhere we turn,
in everyone we meet.

Charismatic personalities
capture our attention.
But it is our true nature,
existing beneath our personality,
that brings power and purpose to our life.

Separate from our true nature,
we create forms and functions and struggle to make them work.
Returning to our original nature,
we use the forms and functions for the benefit of all.

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It isn’t showy. All of the flashy trinkets and fancy toys have nothing to do with the Tao. Neither does an outward display of piety. To strive for these is to fall victim to a cruel hoax – the lie that says we lack something essential to happiness. We don’t.

Our disastrous relationship to technology arises from believing that lie. Doing so causes us to struggle to make our technology give us a better life, when we have no idea of what that better life might look like. If I understand that the Way opens with effortless ease because it is my true nature, then I may be able to make technology once again a useful tool of compassion. It’s not easy because the hidden assumptions of each piece of technology spring from the lie.

One thought on “Technology”

  1. Yes, use it but don’t let it use us as we stay plugged in to the Tao and know it as true reality. Amen!

    On Sun, Aug 25, 2019, 9:59 AM A Daily Dose of Tao wrote:

    > William Martin posted: “Tao Te Ching – Chapter 28 Striving to make our way > in the world seems prudent. But if we trust our heart we may find that the > way opens with the effortless ease of a budding flower. Striving to live a > life of virtue is approved of by all. But if we trus” >

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