Tao Te Ching Day 64: Question Everything?

“Those who understand others are intelligent

Those who understand themselves are enlightened.

TTC 33 (Lin)

Who we are is a question of what we do. Or maybe who we are is a question of what we’ve done. No, perhaps it is a question of what we strive to be, our intentions, and not our actions. No, that isn’t it either. Maybe who we are is a question of what we question.

Take the question, how do I become a better father? In that question lies my desire to be a good dad, therefore who I am is a good dad, or at least that is what my self is identified as. Or if I question why people are jerks. Well, then I am recognized as something opposite of jerk. Because if I was a jerk, I could understand why other people were jerks.

How about if I question everything? Nothing is safe from the “why” that awaits the reality that lay before me. If I question everything, it is because I am identifying as nothing. Because to question the nature of something or the how-to of a thing, I pull into question my being, as the thing in question is what I believe it to be (i.e., Jerk) from my perspective. So, then to question everything would be to make me the opposite of everything, which is to say that I am then in that moment nothing.

To trust everything and question nothing is to be everything. Why would I question what I, myself, am? I wouldn’t. That would be nonsense.

So then we can see that to put into question anything is to separate ourselves from the very thing itself. Yet, we question to better understand the thing, possibly in hopes of becoming more like the thing itself. But this questioning defeats itself because it calls into question the very nature of what we are, and not knowing what we are, we somehow believe by understanding something outside of us, we will find a clue to ourselves.

To question is to divide, separate, make numbered the whole. Why number a whole? It is already whole? We subdivide the world to make better sense of it, but in so doing, we confound our own minds by creating 10,000 things. How many filing cabinets do you want labeled vegetables?

Where is this coming from, you may be wondering? Well, it is coming from observation of myself. When I look within, I see that all things have their own place, space, and way. Yet all these things are still me in every sense, they are all working towards the same exact end which is to keep me breathing and seeding, (I know pretty archaic).

Looking within, should I question my blood cells as they travel through my circulatory system? What if I questioned my heart every time it beat? Or, more to the point, what if I asked each electrical signal that transmitted thoughts from neuron to neuron in my brain? I would be a crazy sumabitch. This is the nature of Dualistic thinking, and it is absolute madness.

Because dividing one whole once leads to another division as it only makes sense that if one told us X, then two will tell us Y. But if that is the case, we should never stop dividing. And if we never stop dividing, then we will never stop. And so we will always have something to find that isn’t quite us because we can divide it again. We were looking for the whole all along—oneness, union, Universality, and it is already here within us; it is us. We have only to stop questioning, stop dividing.

Your joy, peace, contentment, and happiness are already a part of you. It does not need to be dissected, isolated, and reproduced; it already exists in its purest, most complete form without any further extraction.

Not accepting things as they are, we dissect our lives from the ones we wish we had and create ones we don’t want because we think there is something to find. What if, as you are right now, with exactly what you have is all you will ever need? Because it is, at this moment. We question to find more resources. We don’t need more resources. We need more resourcefulness.

All is all.

There is no crime greater than greed

No disaster greater than discontentment

No fault greater than avarice

Thus the satisfaction of contentment

Is the lasting satisfaction.

TTC 46 (Lin)

Happy Day


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

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