The world does not care about doing what is right. That leaves it up to us, as individuals. The flow of the world is against the flow of Tao, which is about doing the right thing at the right time in the right place in the right way because it is right so to do. But there is no payoff involved, so there is nothing in it for anyone, and who does anything in this world that is of no benefit to them, that cannot be exploited in any way for their good, gain, advantage? It is up to individuals who are able to sacrifice their own good for the good of the times, of the situation, of the here and now in a "thy will not mine be done," kind of way, with the "Thy" being what needs to be done, moment to moment, no matter what, for no reason other than because it needs to be done, Will you do it? Let's do it! Starting now!
We are here to find out who we are and what we are capable of doing with each situation as it arises. We are not here to get, gain, acquire, amass, accumulate, have, own, accomplish... but to see and to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done the way it needs to be done because it needs to be done no matter what. But what is that? Who says so? We do. And if we are wrong, we use that to see and to do better in the next situation as it arises. With us, it is always to be, "Here we are-- now what?" And we live to be right about it. That is all. What could there be beyond that to want or amass or achieve or accomplish? Just see what you look at and do what needs to be done about it. A baby can do that much. Can you?
See what you look at, hear what you listen to, know what you know, do what needs to be done about it. In each situation as it arises. How could it be easier than that? Or more difficult? It is easy and difficult. Being in accord with the Tao is easy and difficult. Being at one with ourselves, or each other, or the moment is easy and difficult. The noise of the world, you know. The dust of the world. The hum and rumble of the 10,000 things. The clashing rocks. The heaving waves of the wine dark sea... make it very difficult. The hardest thing is being quiet and being empty. That is one thing. There is no quiet without empty. There is no empty without quiet. From the kind of silence that is empty, from the kind of emptiness that is silence, comes all things in their own time, in their own way, to those who are ready and able to deal with them as they need to be dealt with-- to do right with them as they need to be done. Living from the silence of emptiness, from the emptiness of silence, allows us to meet our life on its terms as one friend meets another, and do right by it. And that is all there is. It is easy and difficult. The best things are that way.
Time and place, place and time, are all we have to work with. Things would be different. Maybe better, maybe worse, with another time, another place. It is ours to do what we can in the service of what needs to be done, here and now. In each here and now that comes our way. We cannot be dismissing, discounting, disregarding, this time and/or this place because it isn't what we have in mind. It is where we are. What does it have to offer us-- what do we have to offer it-- that might be of mutual benefit to each, to both? We have to be alive to the moment of our living to know how to answer this question. We have to see what we look at, hear what is being said, know what is going on, be where we are to have a chance of doing right by the moment we have to work with. And getting walked out of there may be our best option-- in the spirit of knowing "when to hold them, knowing when to fold them, knowing when to walk away, knowing when to run." Staying past the time for leaving is not in the best interest of anyone. Ever.