8.04.2006 ||> The Tao of Friday, Chapter II
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.
Imagine, if you will, a city with solar power cells on each roof, powering houses and apartments. On the mountains in the distance, windmills turn gently in the breeze (all of them manufactured in the US so that there are more jobs).
On the ground, rubber sidewalks made of recycled tires make it easier for you to take a nice walk. As you walk on the tree-lined sidewalk, electric cars purr quietly past you on the road.
What is this place, you ask? Japan? No, it is the wave of the future, baby!
Wouldn't that be a great world? Wouldn't it be the kind of world to hold out hope for?
Gasoline is $3.14 per gallon today. All over the world, the temperatures are breaking records and we are in an emergency heat warning until Thursday (moved up from yesterday when it was Wednesday). I am consumed with the certainty that:
1. Gasoline will never go significantly lower again.
2. Temperatures will not be going down for a long time, if ever.
Last winter, I was very flip about how warm it was. I joked that we should all thank global warming for the nice weather. But not if it means that the Amazon dies or there are mass deaths to heat stroke.
Something needs to give. Ideas?