Principle of Valid Action 2. Second week
This week we are continuing with our considerations about principle #2 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is called the “The Principle of Action and Reaction” and says: “When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.”
Last week we focused on the general structure and implications of the principle. This week we’ll investigate how this principle played out (or didn’t) in our past. Can I discover situation where I applied or violated this principle? Did this have particular consequences? How would I characterize these results?
Some Personal Reflections (that might be useful raw material for your own meditations)
Remember the principle doesn’t say that forcing produces the opposite! If I pressure someone to do what I want it doesn’t mean that they won’t do it, or that they’ll pressure me in return, it’s not quite that simple.
Consider these examples that Lao Tzu gives in the Tao Te Ching (in my translations)
Fill a cup to the brim and it’s likely to spill.
Over sharpen a blade and it looses its edge more quickly.
The more you accumulate the more you have to loose.
Celebrity and fame bring scandal and disgrace.
Do your work and let it go. This is the way of heaven.
Standing on tiptoe you loose your balance.
Running full out you are quickly exhausted.
People see through boastfulness.
The braggart appears weak.
Like crumbs from a meal, or empty promises.
They bring no satisfaction.
Those who follow the way leave all that aside.
This week we’ll consider this principle and how it applies to previous situations. All of this is not just in order to deepen our understanding this particular principle, but also to begin to reflect more rigorously about our daily behaviour. Next week we’ll look at how the principle of action and reaction might apply in our present situations.
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