Walking the Main Road
For all our talk of family values, we are surrounded by distractions that keep us apart. Often families do little more than sleep under the same roof. There are just too many things that demand our attention. Sadly, these things succeed in luring us away from the ones we love the most.
For example, we live in a materialistic society and our possessions take a lot of work to maintain. Home ownership is a dream for most young couples. It’s a place to nest and raise a family, but the price is high. With it come mortgages, property taxes, lawnmowers to keep the weeds at bay, the cost of repairs to leaky roofs, etc. Then there is the matter of protecting our homes. Instead of sharp swords, today we have security systems, municipal police forces, standing armies and handguns.
The cost of home ownership is high and the resources to maintain it must come from somewhere. For most families, someone has to work long hours to pay for it, and to make matters worse, the growing trend today is for both parents to work long hours. In that instance, who is raising our children?
I’d like to believe there was a time when we were less distracted, worked less and spent more time raising our children, but in my lifetime, this is the way it has been for my friends and neighbors. Indigenous people are disappearing at an alarming rate. I like to think that they live a slower and simpler lifestyle that gives them time to raise their children and really know each other well. Perhaps this is the main road Lao Tsu spoke of in the Tao Te Ching.
If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and my only fear will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy,
But people are easily distracted.
When the court is arrayed in splendor,
The fields are full of weeds,
And the granaries are empty.
Some wear gorgeous clothes,
Carry sharp swords,
And indulge in food and drink;
They have more possessions than they can use.
They are robber barons.
This is certainly not the way of Tao.
Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
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