When it comes to discerning what needs to happen in the present moment, do not think about it! No Thinking Allowed! Reason, logic, morality and ethics tradition, doctrine, dogma, and what your mother said are useless in discerning/perceiving what is being called for and what needs to be done about it. Discernment and perception are functions of perspective and awareness, stillness and silence. We have to look and listen in order to see and hear. Sit quietly in the silence and watch, listening, for what arises/emerges/occurs to you out of the silence, and see how you respond in bringing it to life in the situation at hand. Allow the flow of what needs to be done to carry you into action, without motive/intention/willfulness/fear/ desire/sense of duty and obligation interfering in any way. Right action arises of its own accord, at the right time, in the right way with those who are empty of plans and ideas, and are available. Live to be empty and available.
In any (every) situation, there is the right thing to do/say, and the wrong thing to do/say. There is what needs to be done/said, and there is what needs not to be done/said. In any (every) situation that comes along. That is where we come in. We step into any (every) situation as those who are there to do what needs doing and to do not what needs to be not done. How do we know? How can we be right about what is right, and what is wrong? There is a trick with this. It is called getting out of the way of The Way. It is also called getting in the way that is The Way. The Way has always been called Tao (pronounced "Dow" like "the Dow Jones Average" whatever that is). I do not know why it is called Tao. That is just a convention for saying what needs to be said. The name is not magical, but what it names is. It is the magic of time and place, of timing and pace, and it flows through all times and places, things and people. To be "in accord with Tao" is to be "in the grove," "in the flow," in sync with the moment dancing with the music of here and now. How do you do that? By getting out of the way of The Way. We get in the way of The Way when we impose our ideas of how things ought to be on the way things are without any sensitivity to how things are and how they might feel about our plans for them. But. Our way is not The Way, and that's a problem. Think of a golfer on a putting green. They can try to get the ball in the hole their way or the green's way. If they align themselves with the green, and do it with the green's way, they will come out better than if they try to make the ball go in the hole the way they want it to. Putting is all about reading the green and aligning ourselves with it. The green has a different way for balls at different places on the green. There are different ways in operation in every moment-- not just One Way-- depending on who we are and where we are in the moment, so it isn't a matter of forcing everyone in any situation to do it the same way, but of everyone in any situation doing it the way the situation needs them to do it, given who they are and what they bring to the situation. Our place is know who we are and to know what is ours to do in being aligned with, in sync with, in accord with, the flow of time and place (and time and pace) in each moment of every situation as it arises. May you move with the flow of the moment in every moment for the good of the moment, in knowing what is called for, and doing what needs to be done-- when it needs to be done, how it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, without a thought about what's in it for you, and allow everything to fall into place around that, from moment to moment all your life long.
There is talk that matters not about things that matter most in circles you probably would never be drawn to that I am going to tell you of because it is there to be said and that is what I do. Research regarding the Tao te Ching has come upon some early versions which are called the Te Tao Ching. "Ching" means "Book" or "Classic Book." "Te" means "Virtue" or "Virtues" or "Power." "Tao" means "Way" or "Path." "Tao te Ching" would mean, "The Book of the Way and its Power," which lends itself to the interpretation "In possession of the Way we hold all Power." And people have looked at Tao as the Way to Immortality, Victory, Success, etc. "Te Tao Ching" would lend itself to "The Virtues (or Virtue) of the Way," which I much prefer, in that following the Way blesses those following with the virtues of balance and harmony, sincerity and integrity, spirit, energy and vitality, as by-products (or side effects) of tuning into each moment, and following the flow of the Way, in doing what needs to be done there, when it needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, and then on to the next moment, without a thought about, or concern for, what is in it for us. The unmovable, adamantine, foundation of life and being through all times and places. Right there, right here, waiting for us to align ourselves with it, belong to it, and honor it with filial loyalty and liege devotion, moment by moment, situation by situation, all our life long. On the other hand, there is the quest for money and power, and that holds a compelling attraction, in spite of a pronounced lack of evidence of its actual value in the lives of those who are devoted disciples. So, what will it be?
Communist China invaded Tibet in 1950, massacring untold numbers of people, destroying Buddhist temples, and forcing the Dali Lama to take refuge in Pakistan. Not one word of vitriol, or even criticism, has been heard from the Dali Lama or any Buddhist in the aftermath of that event. Sit with that, for a while, in light of the heavy traffic in Tweets and Facebook posts regarding all of the things to be not liked in the world we live in, without being ashamed of what all that says about us and our degree of compassion, grace, long-suffering, humility, maturity and the ability to rise to any occasion with response that is admirable and worthy of praise. In any situation, the fitting response avoids escalation and the worst of possible outcomes over time. Jesus nailed it with, "You have heard it said, 'An eye for an eye..' but I say to you, 'Do not respond with acrimony but with generosity and peace.'" Sitting with that and the Tibetan response to the Chinese invasion, and wondering about the best way to set appropriate limits and draw necessary lines, leads to the obvious realization that when the law is broken justice is to be served quickly and efficiently. And that is the weak link in the US response to domestic unrest and the assault on Democracy, and the widespread apostasy in terms of breaking oaths of office by members of Congress, and the failure/refusal of those in charge of democratic systems to make those systems work.