Tao Te Ching – Chapter 40
Following this path
returns us to our root.
It is a tender and gentle path.
Everything in the cosmos
depends on everything else.
Even our experience of life
depends upon our death.
Everything I read in the Tao Te Ching reminds me of the essential truth of “interconnectedness,” or, “interdependence.” The tiniest insect feeds on microscopic life. Birds feed on the insect. Other predators feed on the bird, and on up the food chain. Beneath it all lie the elements of the Earth, supplying the material nutrients that give life its myriad forms.
We would like to see ourselves at the top of this food hierarchy, but it is only in our minds that it is a hierarchy. In reality it is a circle of interdependence. I will one day return my form to the Earth and the nutrients She loaned me for a few decades will start at the bottom and give nurture to all sorts of life, up, up, and up and around the circle.
I try to resist breaking into song, but the reason that The Lion King is so enduring and popular is the essential Taoist truth with which it begins: From the day we arrive on this planet, and blinking step into the sun; there is more to see than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done…
The “Circle of Life” is Taoist through and through. Isn’t it wonderful, really?