We bring morality and ethics to bear on nature and the psyche. This is our role to play in the evolution of the species. Our specialty is knowing right from wrong, good from evil, and applying that to what is happening in order to create something that was not there before we came along, namely a moral order. Without us, it is only nature's way, and that is the Law of the Fishes at work in the world, where the big fish eat the little fish and the little fish hide, or slip through the nets that haul the big fish to the cannery. We bring the high values to live in the world, liberty, justice, equality, truth, compassion, etc. We articulate the feelings already in play in the lower mammals, Saying straight out what the whales and dolphins, porpoises, orcas and elephants know and express as they are able-- and making laws that bring order to bear upon the way of the jungle. Ego is capable of knowing what is right and doing it in the service of the good of the whole. And ego's relationship with psyche completes the pattern and forms a partnership that is capable of knowing what time is at hand, and what is called for in order to do what is right, at the right time, in the right place and the right way, because it is right and we know it. It is a perfectly matched collaboration for the employment of good as a counterweight to evil throughout the universe. Except that we allow what we want, and don't want, and what's in it for us to get in the way, and we begin to play games with the situations that arise, negotiating our profit and gain at the expense of everyone, and everything, else, and what could have been a perfect world, becomes a wasteland in no time at all on the geologic clock. And here we are, trying to redeem what we have done, and turn things around before the climate collapses and the sixth extinction leaves only the life forms at the bottom of the chain to start over for the umpteenth time in an effort to make it work even yet, even so, even now. Maybe it will, who knows? What we do know is that we have work to do in the time that is at hand. Right here. Right now.
Our place is to manage the extremes. We are nature's thermostat, restoring equilibrium and maintaining balance and harmony throughout the times and places of our living. We step into each situation as it arises and make everything better just by being there as a calming, reassuring, presence, living in accord with the Tao, seeing what's what and what needs to be done about it, and doing the right thing, at the right time, in the right way-- seeing to it that all is well, and moving into the next situation, where we do the same things. It is the way. And it is our place to serve the way, through all times and places. We do that by our engagement with the right kind of emptiness, stillness and silence, in conjunction with integrity, sincerity and spontaneity, serving our original nature and the gifts/genius/daemon/shtick/virtues/etc. at our disposal to counterbalance the forces of disruption and chaos at work in the time and place of our living and bring balance and harmony to life with spirit, energy and vitality, as a blessing and grace upon the moment and all gathered there. It all happens naturally, without force or planning, simply as an expression of our alignment with the heart of life and being and what is being called for here and now-- which is enabled, not by thinking, but by being in tune with the moment and what is happening there. It is like approaching an intersection as the light changes and stopping or speeding up as the occasion requires. Sometimes we do it one way, and sometimes we do it the other way. Just so, we live to make responses appropriate to every occasion, knowing only what we know, and trusting ourselves to do what needs to be done, time after time.
One of the 10,000 Laws of Photography states, "The more equipment you have, the fewer pictures you take." It applies globally throughout our life. The more of anything, the less of something else. Aim for just enough of what is right for the occasion. And trust yourself to do what is needed with what you have on hand. Or, with what came with you from the womb. We come packed with more than we will ever use, and are more than capable of rising to meet any moment just as we are, as "one thus come," as a blessing and grace to this time and place. Trust that it is so, and act as though it is. Taking your cues from The Mystery that is the source of the best we have to offer. And letting nature take its course.