Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"Do you have the patience to wait till the mud settles and the water is clear?"

The next sentence of this quotation from Tao Te Ching is:

"Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself?"

I'm using what's left of my lunch hour to comment on this interesting quotation. Luckily for anyone reading, I have only a few moments before I drive off for meetings across the water.

I often find alignment with Chinese philosophers, but this quote is (to my mind) just plain wrong. For me at least, momentum is what drives right action. I find it hard to remain unmoving until a solution presents itself to anything. I thrive on the often disorderly process of identifying the right action. In fact I've also built a business on it.

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