Is There A Gain When At the Expense of Others?

It has no desires for itself;

thus it is present for all beings.

Verse 7 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

The Tao has no desires for itself. Being completely free of self desire allows it to not have any judgments about you and any other person in this world. To the Tao we are all equal and present within it. There is no better or worse, no greater or poorer, no good or evil. No judgments. We are all equal. We are all the same. We are part of the same whole. It is present in all beings.

Being part of the same whole, when we hurt or judge someone else, we are hurting and judging ourselves. When we blame and seek revenge upon another, we blame and seek revenge on ourselves. When we are kind and loving to another, we are kind and loving to ourselves. It is all connected.
Not only are we connected to each other, but to all that exists and everything that is. Thus if we strip and abuse this earth, we strip and abuse ourselves. If we pollute the waters and destroy other species, we strip and destroy ourselves. When we live in balance and peace with our environment, we are in balance and peace with ourselves.

As the Tao becomes more and more the way that you walk everyday, more and more you will realize that you can’t gain more for yourself at the expense of your neighbors, or of this world. The more you become one with the Tao the more you realize that every action you take affects everything around you. That your wants and needs are not more important or less important than anyone else’s. That to squander your resources while those around you struggle to survive is not the way of the Tao, because that means you are squandering resources from yourself. It is present in all beings; we are all the same and this world is meant to sustain us all.


In love and light



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