No Attachment, No Ego
“With the fall of man, good cannot exist without evil.
Man is born with virtues, but grows up with vices.
Likewise, life and death complement each other.
Heaven is eternal life; hell is everlasting death.
Human existence is therefore dualistic:
it can make heaven out of hell, or hell out of heaven.
Faith and lack of faith go along with each other.
The first will be the last, and the last will be the first.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 2)
We all have dualistic existence with our true self, and our ego-self. The true self is often pure and simple, but the ego-self is always tainted and complicated, leading to sin and evil. There is a constant conflict between the two—one forever trying to dominate and overcome the other.
Humility, without the ego, is the only Way to go. But the Way is never easy, because we are all imperfect.
Imperfection, however, is a gift of life: knowing that nobody is perfect may enable you to understand that you should always accept others as they are, because you, too, like everybody else, are imperfect.
Likewise, the life journey is a bed of roses but always with some thorns. So, just embrace all your daily life problems and challenges, and learn some valuable life lessons from them.
The TAO of daily living: everything is impermanent; at the end, all pains and pleasures ultimately become nothing.
So, learn to let go of everything in your life; do not let yourself be shackled by your attachments to the material world.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau