let us become a bit more like turtles


 

I believe

that our species will

not last long. It does not seem

to be made of the stuff that has allowed

the turtle, for example to continue to exist more

or less unchanged for hundreds of millions of

years; for hundreds of times longer, that is,

than we have even been in existence.

We belong to a short-lived genus

of species. All of our cousins

are already extinct. What’s

more, we do

damage.

 

There

are frontiers where

we are learning, and our desire

for knowledge burns. They are in the

most minute reaches of the fabric of space,

at the origins of the cosmos, in the nature of time,

in the phenomenon of black holes, and in the

workings of our own thought processes.

Here, on the edge of what we know,

in contact with the ocean of the

unknown, shines the mystery

and the beauty of the world.

And it’s breathtaking.

 

Carlo Rovelli

the sage is quiet


 

The

non-action of the

wise person is not inaction.

It is not studied. It is not shaken by anything.

The sage is quiet because she is not moved, not because she

wills to be quiet. Her quietness is the mirror of heaven and earth,

the glass of everything. Emptiness, stillness, tranquility,

traceless, silence, non-action: this is the level of 

heaven and earth. This is the

perfect Tao.

 

Chuang Tzu

 

the best leader is one barely known

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The

best leader is one

whose existence is barely known.

Next best is one who is loved and praised.

After that, one who is feared. Worst

of all is a leader who is

despised.

 

If you

fail to trust people,

you won’t inspire their trust.

Therefore, guide others by quietly

relying on Tao. Then, when the

work is done, the people can

say, “We did this

ourselves.”

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 17

 

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quiet inside

 

Thirty spokes

meet at a hollowed-out hub; 

the wheel won’t work without its hole. 

A vessel is moulded from solid clay; its inner

emptiness makes it useful. To make a room, you

have to cut doors and windows; without

openings, a place isn’t livable. 

To make use of what is here, 

you must make use of

what is not.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 11

 

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