Posts Tagged ‘taoism’

If there’s one thing I hate about blogging, then there’s probably a bunch of other things too. My main bugbear is the continual need for new content. Blogs are hungry beasts. Much of what gets written is ephemeral and has a short shelf, no matter how much time you spent on it. With that in mind, I planned a series of ‘best of graffiti living’ posts with curated links to evergreen content from the archives on particular themes. Then I read my blog and realised that most of it was shit.

Healthy, wealthy, and wise

Posted: September 15, 2009 in graffiti living

When does health appear to  be illness?  When your body is trying to tell you something.  When your body is reacting healthily and therefore you appear ill.  Symptoms are not the illness.  Don’t deal with the symptoms; deal with the source of irritation.
When does wealth appear to be poverty?  When having nothing is an asset.  You are rich without money.  Having a little money and using it well is better than having lots of money and spending it poorly.  Money means nothing; but also spend what you have well, or don’t spend it at all.  Need as little as possible.  When you have more than you need, you are rich.  This applies to all things.
When does wisdom appear to be stupidity?  When your inability to grasp certain things is actually ‘correct’ or smarter and wiser than if you did.  When you are wise enough to know when to appear stupid.  When you refuse to deal with duality and questions from duality on their own terms. In other words – when you are a Taoist!