“Tao is an empty vessel; it is used, but never filled.
Oh unfathomable source of ten thousand things!
Blunt the sharpness,
Untangle the knot,
Soften the glare,
Merge with dust.
Oh hidden deep, but never present!
I do not know from wheres it comes,
It is the forefather of the ancestors.
– Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.”
When we hear the word inheritance, we mostly think of money. But it is not just money we inherited.
We inherited the manner in which our ancestors lived. The attitude to life and our respect to nature. We inherited kindness and compassion.
More than those things our guardians taught us, and far more than those things we learned at school, I believe that we inherited something else that which upheld us through time and space.
And if one of those were Tao, the way, how we travel though our life – we indeed already live with the source of ten thousand things. We don’t even know when we learned it or how, but I would like it if we should be capable of listening out to what we cannot see.
I want to know how our ancestors sensed that, whatever their ‘current reality’ were back in time, not at all correct or complete; how the Earth used to be flat, and that they never knew what electricity was. And when the world is talking about power and money in our ‘current reality’ today, we are also aware that there is more to life than winning and losing- and that we know that things will move in another direction from where we are, again.
So if it were just the matter of finding the proofs in the times to come, then we can probably be as patient as we need to be before we will see the world we await; that somebody will surely find the answers to our questions, one day.
And for me, I will keep watering the gardens and continue to pray – that we are still waiting for our moment, when the light will be brighter than darkness, and may wolves and rhinos be granted their own ground.