I suppose that Lao Tzu is right on this point in Chapter XXIX. The world itself can not be improved. Isn’t that what all the environmental groups – and Al Gore – want us to go back to? The world as it is supposed to be? But I will say that the lives of people should be improved, and that there is a lot of work we should all do in that regard. When we talk about saving the Earth, what we are really talking about is saving humanity’s place on Earth.
My dad used to say that 100 years after humanity ceases to exist, the Earth will be just fine. Given the half-life for nuclear fission, I would say 5000 years, but that might be a technicality.
Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.
The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.
There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.
The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.