Reduce noise! Diminish complexity! Simplify! Simplify! Simplify! The recipe for balance and harmony. Noise, complexity, confusion, and chaos are the recipe for frantically swimming amid the clashing rocks in the heaving waves of the wine-dark sea. And, we bring it all on ourselves. By refusing to say "NO!" when it needs to be said, and by refusing to take "No" for an answer whenever it is said. "Thou Shalt!" Whether it is something we say, or something said to us, is the root of all our problems. "Thou Shalt!" is the dragon we all must slay on our way to emptiness, stillness and silence, balance and harmony, sincerity, integrity and self-transparency. Whatever its source. Even if we turn it against itself and make "Thou Shalt slay the dragon called 'Thou Shalt,'" we complicate simplicity and muddy the waters of life and being. Simply walk away. Simply simplify. Simply be filled with emptiness. Simply be still and silent. Simply wait for the way to open before us, trusting ourselves to know it when we see it, and waiting to see if we see it. Reduce noise! Diminish complexity! Simplify! Simplify! Simplify!
Lao Tzu despaired of his chances and went off to the west to die. Jesus despaired of his chances and handed himself over to his accusers. Socrates despaired of his chances and submitted to the judgment of his peers. The list is long of people of vision being exhausted by the refusal of others to see what is before them-- to see what they are doing-- to see much of anything at all. Prophetic vision is always coming to grief in the common protest of the prophets: "Oh, Land, Land, Land! Hear the word of the Lord!" (Or, as Jesus put it, "How long am I to bear with you? How long am I to put up with you?") And the Land cares not. The land goes to hell in its own way, time after time-- and none can stop it, no not one. The lemmings will rush to the sea. It is the way. And the way to deal with the way, is to see it for what it is and get out of the way-- in the spirit of, "When you meet an elephant coming toward you along the path, GET OFF THE PATH!!!" Allow the lemmings their rush to the sea. Allow those who see not their blind satisfaction with being led about by the blind. Joseph Campbell said that the Bhagavad Gita (With the oldest religious advice of the ages) could be summed up as saying, "Get in there and do your thing-- and don't worry about the outcome!" The prophets of every age would do well to take note, say what they have to say, and let that be that.
Things are not the way they need to be throughout the world. That is something we all can agree about, which means we will never all agree about how things need to be. That is the fundamental divide separating us all into groups of people seeing like we see, and groups of people seeing like they see. It is the old Us/Them Divide that has played its way out in all times and places, with Us killing Them, and Them killing Us, until we pare things down to a manageable polarity until stress builds over the issues separating us builds to the point of having to "thin out the ranks" again, and it comes and goes like the cosmic tides and seasons, Us and Them forever. As stupid at any point as it is at every point from the beginning until the end of time. All because we cannot tolerate differences, or allow them, past a certain flashpoint of incendiary viciousness over opinions regarding how things need to be.