Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: How is wu wei distinct from Dorito-eating, Nascar-watching apathy?« on: September 11, 2014, 06:22:24 pm »
So, regarding the "active" part in all this, what the fuck does it mean? What is so very thought-provoking about non-action? To whom does the clarion sing in ringing silence?
Ready to act without willing, the master precedes before intention becomes.
I think the idea is that it's a hell of a lot more work to be something you're not, than to be something you are. But that doesn't mean that "being what you are" is easy, especially considering that modern consumer society has built an entire culture out of being what we aren't (and our progressively less healthy bodies and lifestyles is a testament to this). It is now easier to behave unnaturally than to behave naturally. It takes less conscious effort to waste most of your life and all of your energy striving in futility for some preposterous and impossible ideal, so it seems easier to "go with the flow" in modern consumer society, even though doing so drains you and ruins your body.