November 21, 2006

Ideal

Tao Te Ching - Written by Lao-Tzu


The Ideal Society:
80
A small country of few people.
Machines are not needed.
People take life and death meaningfully.
No one travels far.
They do not use their boats or carriages.
They do not display armor or weapons.
They knot rope rather than write.
Their food is plain and wholesome.
Their clothes are fit but simple.
Their homes are secure.
The people are happy in their ways.
Though they live in sight of their neighbors
and hear crowing cocks and barking dogs,
Yet they live in peace with each other
as they grow old and die.


6 comments:

BBC said...

I pretty much live like that, you wouldn't believe how simple my place is. And I'm okay with it. Explains why I don't have a woman though, they are so needy. (Insert your own disclaimer ladies, hugs)

But barking dogs when I'm trying to sleep? Bah on that.

43.4 degrees and a drizzle right now. What ever, I just take the day as it comes at me. Hugs.

HillCountryGal said...

My neighbors are the herd of deer that live on the back side of my property.
Nice to meet you.

azgoddess said...

nice thoughts...

and one thing i've concentrated on doing since my daughter moved out was to simplify..no microwave, toaster

i've removed all non-esstential (given or donated away) things from my life and house...

and i have learn to let people go in peace...no more fighting..

namaste

BSB said...

I live a simple life..but I still do enjoy modern day commodities..

I also like to travel.. I won't be around for long so might as well see as much as possible... I enjoy other cultures and discovering how these people live their lives..

Minou in France said...

I like to travel - it broadens the mind and lets you meet all sorts of people, learning as you go.

But I agree with simplifying life, look at what you have to pack when you move house, what rubbish has been accumulated. I've had to do this a few times in the last few years and I hate moving!!! Every so often I take an inventory and sling anything I haven't used in 6 months. bbc - it takes a certain woman I agree, but keep looking - some positive visualisation may help, they are out there (that's how I caught, um, met my hublet).

I live simply with my dogs, cat and chickens. We have a river and fields with horses, donkeys, sheep nearby. Being close to nature helps you to look at things more simply and without the ego always getting in the way.

Blueberry said...

It's a society of apes... or elephants... except for the clothes. Actually apes fight each other too. I don't know if people will ever evolve to where they don't think they need to use weapons against each other. The cruel side of nature. Maybe the Amish have risen to that level through discipline. Not many of us could live that way. Even the Amish have machines, just not ones with engines.