Re: Not-doing LO1020

Gerry Starnes (
Tue, 2 May 95 09:24:43 -0500

Replying to LO997 --

Replying to Birren:

>>When nothing is done, nothing is left undone, is nonsensical.
>It's just a paradox. Understanding the paradox is to see that "doing" has two
>meanings. To "do", in the sense of human controlling behavior, can change
>natural systems with effects that we can't foresee. These systems have their
>own ways of operating ("doing") that are beyond our limited awareness. So by
>leaving things alone we can allow them to function in the ways they are
>designed for.

There is a similar Zennist idea that the best way to "control" your herd is
to give them lots of room and just watch them.

>"Evil Taoists"? This is a remarkable oxymoron.

Surely, this is rather a joke.

gerry starnes
austin, tx

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