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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Hope and Fear: An excerpt from THE ACTIVIST’S TAO TE CHING by William Martin
 
In these challenging times, the need for activism is greater than ever before. William Martin, author of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution, writes, “We have learned the secret of transformation: Injustice feeds our determination. Hate increases our love. Wounds bring forth our healing, and fear uncovers our courage and serenity.” We hope you’ll take a quiet moment to read this excerpt from The Activist’s Tao Te Ching:

Both hope and fear are hollow companions.
Each will trigger anxious thoughts.
If hope and fear drive us,
our actions will be built on unstable ground.
We will always second-guess our moves,
looking over our shoulder, fearful
even of our friends,
squabbling among ourselves,
blaming and praising in a futile attempt
to control people and events.

Only when we see ourselves and the world
as “One Thing Happening”
will our fears and hopes subside.
We act upon the world,
but are not separate from it.
We are not healing the world from afar.
We are part of the world,
healing itself.

We don’t have to hope for freedom and justice in our world, nor fear for their lack. The Taoist knows that the Tao will unfailingly bring balance to the world, but we do not know the how or the when of that process, nor what the next form will be. We are simply doing, in perfect freedom, that which is ours to do.

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William Martin is the author of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching, as well as five other books of Tao Te Ching interpretation, which include titles highlighting parenting, love, aging, and caregiving. He lives in Northern California. Find him online at TaoistLiving.com.

Excerpted from the book The Activist’s Tao Te Ching. Copyright © 2016 by William Martin


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