There is benevolence and justice
Intelligence comes forth
There is great deception
There is filial piety and kind affection
The country is in confused chaos
There are loyal ministers
Us artists are lucky, because if/when we let go of thoughts, trust the process of creating, we find ourselves often in this space. But when the “Intelligence comes forth” , when the judgement and comparing comes into the picture, when one creates for an agenda, purpose, then art becomes a pretence and insincere. Even if used with best intention, decisions made by logic only, don’t serve us always well.
When the relationships among artists and with the public is on genuine and forthright basis, everything happens harmoniously….nothing to push for, no control…
Lao Tzu even then has been noticing how it’s easy to forget, deviate from “The great Tao”. I must say that for me I find it difficult to live always the Natural way. This is the reason I have taken this practice of interpreting the Tao Te Ching, to use it as a reminder to come back and act from my senses, behave, teach and create from my heart….with love…in harmony with Tao…a challenge but very rewarding!
Your thoughts on this is extremely valued, as sometimes I wonder about the applicability of Lao Tzu’s wisdom in modern world.
*Translation by Derek Lin