“Not exalting the gifted prevents quarrelling.
Not collecting treasures prevents stealing.
Not seeing desirable things prevents confusion of the heart.
The wise therefore rule by emptying the hearts and stuffing bellies,
By weakening ambitions and strengthening bones.
If people lack knowledge and desire,
Then it is best not to interfere.
If nothing is done, then all will be well.
– Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.”
Bible, with my smallest knowledge, teaches not to worship false god. It also teaches not to be driven by the matters.
And Bible teaches to give yourself to God, the Creator, and to not go ‘creating’ things yourself.
If any other form of spiritual teaching explains these in their own ways, please share. I would like to learn. All these different teachings are communicating something essential – in language and stories that might just reach the heart of its people. And I hope that by learning different perspectives, my own understandings might just deepen.
This verse brings me to think about our tendency to “want to help.” How often in history did things go wrong because a person or a group pf people made it their mission to “help others” by interfering with another’s way of life? How often did things go wrong because somebody thought of ‘improving’ the way of others, solely depending on their own perspectives and values?
This may draw arguments from many do-gooders out there. But I would still insist that it is worth getting in touch with the true cause of why we are ‘helping.’