TAO THOUGHT: blame
- The world has a maiden
she becomes the world’s mother
who knows the mother
understands the child
who understands the child
keeps the mother safe
and lives without trouble
who blocks the opening
who closes the gate
lives without toil
who unblocks the opening
who meddles in affairs
lives without hope
who sees the small has vision
who protects the weak has strength
who uses his light
who trusts his vision
lives beyond death
this is the Hidden Immortal
#52 dao de jing
translated Red Pine
Chinese characers for the word "blame"
sunlight peeking through green to illuminate white columbine beauty
Though others have faults,
Concentrate on your own.
Some people have the habit of blaming others. Perhaps all of us ave this
weakness. The list of scapegoats for our miseries is clever and endless.
Parents, community, teachers, government, and even demons and gods are
all invoked when we have problems. If difficulties truly come from the
outside, the problem is not blame. For those cases, the course of action
is very clear: Neutralize that influence. If the problem comes from
within, the solution must come from within as well. Before you blame
friends, relatives, or teachers for bad habits and shortsightedness, you
should remember that no one is to blame but yourself.
It is an equal mistake to lose self esteem simply because you have some
flaws. Looking at your shortcomings and taking steps to eliminate them
should be viewed as a dispassionate project. You are not worthless
because you undertake to rise above your faults. That description is
only for those who never attempt to perfect themselves. We all have a
perfect core, a special self inside. That purity is perfect and holy;
therefore, no one is worse than another.
We are all on this planet simply to reach back into that pure self. When
we reach that spirit, there are no laws and there is no blame.
by Deng Ming-Dao
from the book /365 Tao/
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