When this all started, there were no natural laws. No law of gravity. No law of inertia. Laws and rules hadn't been invented. Then there was this really big BANG, and everything started flying in all directions at once, and it took several years for it to get sorted out and into stars and planets, constellations and galaxies. The universe figured it out by letting things bang around until order appeared, and now we have clocks and calendars, physics and chemistry, scientists and mathematicians. It's amazing what can happen just by letting things happen. That is pretty much what happened with each of us. None of us knew what we were doing, most of us still don't, and not one of us planned to be where we are, or got here by making all the right moves. We are here by virtue of the same process that got the universe here. We knocked around, got knocked around, and here we are. Still getting knocked around, and are on our way to somewhere else. We don't comprehend any of it. It is all such a mystery. Yet, we pretend everything is well in hand and completely under our control. We are masters of our destiny, you know. Captains of our ship. And all that. We are the biggest mystery of it all. And we think getting what we want is all it takes. What we want is our way, at all times, in all places. That is such a laughter. Give us our way-- we don't know what to do with it! We find our way to where we need to be by taking one wrong turn after another. And, poof, like that, we wind up in exactly the right place. Or not. Either way, it's a mystery how it works out. It is as though something knows more than we do. But, how could that be? It's a mystery. There is no one here but us, but there is more to each of us than meets the eye. Even our own eye. WE are the mystery! You might think we would be more interested in getting to the bottom of us than we are. But we are more interested in watching re-runs of sitcoms. And that's another mystery. Mystery is everywhere! And we are the biggest one anywhere!
Living in accord with the Tao is laying aside all ambition, all aspiration, all agendas, all aims, all purposes, all goals, all objectives, all desires... other than and contrary to living in accord with the Tao. It is trusting the Tao, trusting ourselves to the Tao, beyond all logic and reason, with liege loyalty and filial devotion, doing what is called for with complete sincerity, spontaneity and non-contrivance, in each situation as it arises moment-by-moment all our life long-- with the Tao understood to be doing the right thing in the right way at the right time and being right about what is right-- living so in tune with the here and now, the time and place of our living, that we are at one with what is happening and what needs to happen in response, that we do what is called for without hesitation and without thinking, time after time after time. Like a stream flowing downhill, adjusting its flow to take boulders, fallen trees, cattle in the water, and dams being constructed into account on the fly on its way to the sea-- and being right about what needs to be done in every moment of the journey.
Fine is the balance, thin is the line, between having it made, and having nothing at all. Everything about democracy depends on the willful cooperation of all those involved in the work of democracy. Depends upon the good faith of those promising to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic." If those so promising are themselves Domestic Enemies of the Constitution and Participatory Democracy, well Who Is Going To Stop Them from initiating a hostile takeover of the government from within the government? The GOP has succeeded in placing itself in the position of destroying democracy without a shot being fired. Vladimir Putin has bought himself a country for less than one air craft carrier would cost. Talk about a coup! All Trump has to do between now and January 20, 2021 is fire all of the government workers --the head of the Department of Defense was the first to go-- who might be disloyal and replace them with "acting" loyalists, and have them all refuse to obey the norms and procedures for transferring power to Joe Biden. The government then would obey Trump. Democracy would be kaput. And the take-over would be complete. Then it would just be a matter of cleaning things up, with the ouster and martyrdom of all of his political enemies, at home and abroad. Sweet. Smooth. Easy. Simple. What could go wrong? That's the question that turns the future. And however the future turns out to be, it is sickening that the fortunes of democracy depend upon the willing and willful compliance of all the people doing what is truly right in upholding the principles of democracy throughout the long generations of people taking their oaths of office and serving the country to the best of their ability so help them God.