Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 13, Part 5

Trey Smith

He who has a clear understanding of the Virtue of Heaven and earth may be called the Great Source, the Great Ancestor. He harmonizes with Heaven; and by doing so he brings equitable accord to the world and harmonizes with men as well. To harmonize with men is called human joy; to harmonize with Heaven is called Heavenly joy. Chuang Tzu has said, "This Teacher of mine, this Teacher of mine - he passes judgment on the ten thousand things but he doesn't think himself severe; his bounty extends to ten thousand generations but he doesn't think himself benevolent. He is older than the highest antiquity but he doesn't think himself long-lived; he covers heaven, bears up the earth, carves and fashions countless forms, but he doesn't think himself skilled." This is what is called Heavenly joy.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Judgment is such an important facet of humans. We judge everything, often by the weirdest criteria! Many even believe that there is some supernatural entity that judges us.

But who or what judges nature? I have yet to see any proof that something or someone does.

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