We live our life in and through and with things that make no sense. It is an utterly senseless world as far as I can see. And we make it work. We bring balance and harmony to bear on the absurdity of existence. We make loose ends meet. We square circles of confusion time after time. We take it in stride. We keep going as though everything is perfectly sensible just as it is-- when nothing is sensible at all. We take the appalling contradictions of religion (and everything else) and build our life around them (For instance: "God loves us unconditionally and will send us to hell if we don't believe it and come back next week" to hear the preacher tell us that "God loves us unconditionally, and will send us to hell if we don't believe it and come back next week"...). This trick we do with managing mutually exclusive contradictions is done unconsciously, instinctively, in an "Oh, I see," kind of way, and we have been doing it all our life. This is the life-art that is at the heart of Taoism and Zen. We cannot explain it. We cannot make sense of it. But. We can live with it in ways that honor the opposites and blend them into balance and harmony, doing what needs to be done, anyway/nevertheless/even-so, and it works! We don't have to make sense of it. We are doing just fine as we are in a "Life must go on, I forget just why," kind of way. I love that about us. No one teaches us to do this, we just do it, naturally, spontaneously, intuitively. We are beautiful, wonderful people. I love us all. Happy New Year!