Knowing where we belong, and what we belong to, and where we have no business being-- and being right about it-- are important boundary markers for our life journey. Finding our life and living it is also finding our place and staying with it. Knowing what's what and what's called for in each situation as it arises, is knowing what our virtues are and where they will be well-received, and where they will be entirely unwelcome. Is knowing who our people are, and who they are not. It is said that alcoholics can spot one another in any crowd. How do we know things like that? How do we not-know it? How can we fail to know what we know? Instinct and intuition have to be nurtured, honored, respected, trusted, utilized and relied on all along the way. We know more than we know we know. We have to do a better job of paying attention.
The key to balance and harmony is living in accord with our original nature, serving and sharing the virtues/gifts/genius/daemon that are ours from birth in doing what needs to be done, when, where, and how it needs to be done, in each situation as it arises, all our life long. This is also called "doing what we love," and "following our bliss," even when we aren't in the mood and there is nothing in it for us beyond the joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it. This "flips the switch," "turns the light around," transforms our perspective and is equivalent to passing through the Gateless Gate of the Tao/Zen tradition (Zen is what happened when Buddhism met Taoism, and is far more Taoist than Buddhist)-- by changing our motivation/guidance/direction from knowing and finding and serving what we want, to being and doing who we are. And that changes everything. This is religion without theology, and truth without doctrine-- and we have to go no further in validating its validity than the right kind of emptiness (The right kind being empty of everything, all fear/desire/anxiety/duty, like the space between breaths when all you are aware of is breathing), stillness and silence. It is the foundation of enlightenment (Which is merely knowing what's what and what needs to be done about it, in response to it, moment by moment) and the boat to the Farther Shore, and the key to being here, now. And I'm glad to be able to point the way to the Way, which is also the Way. It only takes seeing to see that it is so. See?
It comes down to seeing what's what and doing what needs to be done about it with our original nature and the virtues that came packed in our DNA. Seeing what's what is the tricky part. We only know what we think we know, which is a sprawling collection of assumptions, presumptions, inferences, projections, conjectures, surmises, fancies, suspicions, theories, suppositions, extrapolations and hearsay-- with only the vaguest kind of connection with What Is To Be Known. S. I. Hayakawa popularized Alfred Korzybski's work in General Semantics, and brought into focus the questions that beg to be asked about everything we think we know-- and never caught the attention of the Adam's and Eve's among us, within us, on their way to certainty, conviction and self-assurance regarding the absolute correctness and value of our personal opinions. And here we are, Fascists and Woke relentlessly attacking one another's point of view without ruthlessly (Or even absent-mindedly) examining our own. What makes us think the way we think is the way to think? How did we come to think the way we think? Who do we think knows more than we do about what we think? How do we know they know what they are talking about? How much of what we know hangs on the conviction and personality of who told us what we know? Etc. Seeing what's what is the tricky part.