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April 14, 2006


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I agree wholeheartedly with this post, although I think that, perhaps, I have a slight difference of interpretation of 5 and its' discussion of 'straw dogs'. I don't believe that this goes against compassion or that Taoism is immoral. So often we hear people cry "everyone's against me", "it's not fair". What Chapter 5 tells us is that the universe, heaven & earth, don't care enough about us to make life either fair or unfair. It is not that the universe is immoral, rather that its' concerns are greater than our small, rather limited existences. Therefore, it's how circumstances have piled up, rather than anything personal. This does not, as you so clearly state, preempt us as individuals acting with compassion. The universe is beyond our complete understanding, therefore we must deal with reality as it is and with each other as we are.

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