Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. — Lao Tzu
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  • 2 years ago, Sheila T. said,
    A wheel is useless to a carriage, unless there is a carriage attached to it. A utensil is useless, unless there is food to be eaten using the utensil. Doors and windows are useless in a room, unless there is open space inside the room for a person to live in. It is useless to exist without a world to exist and feel joy in.
  • 2 years ago, Sheila T. said,
    Thirty spokes are united around the hub to make a wheel, but it is on its non-being that the utility of the carriage depends. Clay is molded to form a utensil, but it is on its non-being that the utility of the utensil depends. Doors and windows are cut out to make a room, but it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends. Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility. ~Lao Tzu I'd say this is similar to the concept of negative space. Part of learning how to draw involves learning to concentrate on drawing the negative space around an object and not worrying so much about drawing the object itself.
  • 2 years ago, Erin W. said,
    I was with him until that last part; weird as Lao would've apparently thought it, I rather dread someday ceasing to Be entirely. It's seems absurd not to.
  • 2 years ago, Lady K. said,
    great quote
  • 2 years ago, Bee F. said,
    Me either, Sumeet, I'll have to keep meditating on that one. I think it's where that whole wu wei thing and quantum unified field meet and shake hands — or it could be just when we feel real good. Haha.
  • 2 years ago, Sumeet S. said,
    Health, contentment,confidence are must haves but i dont know what Lao Tzu meant by non being!
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