The Unborn Paradox

The Unborn Paradox

The old master wrote, “They are unborn, so ever living.” Like a Zen Koan, this sentence challenges our assumptions about birth and life. You have to be born to live, do you not? Paradox only exists when assumptions prevail. This is particularly true when our assumptions support the illusion of duality.

In the passage below, Lao Tsu combines concepts in a way that doesn’t make much sense if you believe in the dual nature of the world. For instance, “The wise stay behind, and are thus ahead”. In a dual world, you cannot get ahead by staying behind. They are opposites.

Again, he writes “They are detached, thus at one with all.”

Finally, “through selfless action, they attain fulfillment.”

Maybe linear thinking is flawed. What if life and death are the same thing? Could it be possible that there is no such thing as “ahead” or “behind”? Perhaps these linear concepts are a fiction.

There is much hate and anger in the world…this group pitted against that group. Look where it has led us. We are surrounded by violence, destruction, and death.

Lao Tsu wrote of being at one with all, but what does that mean? Maybe it means there is no separation between “this” or “that”, between “you” and “me”. As a simple exercise, try to embrace everything around you and see what happens. What could it hurt? It’s only a hug and a hug never hurt anything.

Chapter 7

Heaven and earth last forever.
Why do heaven and earth last forever?
They are unborn, so ever living.
The wise stay behind, and are thus ahead.
They are detached, thus at one with all.
Through selfless action, they attain fulfillment.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Peace out,

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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