Twenty Seventeen is promising to be an interesting year.
Since the launch of Life Love God, in March 2011, nearly daily posts have focused using four spiritual wisdom texts. In June 2016 a section, The America Presidency was introduced and began with this post.
The intention as this year gets underway is to have two primary focal points, Tao Te Ching and States of the Unions. Tao Te Ching is a timeless work of art that inspires understanding and harmony of the way things are. States of Unions is a daily glimpse at unfolding global events. The previous body of work is all available on the site and thanks to the wonderful search engine embedded by WordPress you can access with relative ease any of that content by your own keywords.
Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, is the classic manual on the art of living, and one of the wonders of the world. In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action. It teaches how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao (the basic principle of the universe) and applies equally to good government and sexual love; to child rearing, business, and ecology. Stephen Mitchell’s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture. I believe that a daily contemplation of these verses, given the dynamics of where we are individually and collectively, can add purpose and peace to our days. Tomorrow we will begin to cycle through those eighty-one brief chapters.
Building on the wisdom and insights of Lao-tzu and the recognition that individually and collectively living and governing in isolation is not an alternative; we will focus on The States of Unions. There is a short list of books that have helped inform that discovery to which I would now add The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis. This endeavor will be to follow events as they unfold. Cause and effect are an irrefutable law of nature. With a population of seven point five trillion people expanding exponentially and twenty-four seven global connectivity mankind’s resilience has a fragile nature. Oliver Wendell Holmes, an American jurist, described it this way, ‘Your freedom to swing your arm ends where the other man’s nose begins.’
Blessings on all our endeavors!