We walked past a nuclear plant and then along various highways. We followed the yellow arrows which indicated the Caminho Portugues (The Way to Santiago). It was Sunday so that on some roads there was less traffic. On other roads, there was much traffic and narrow shoulders. In this area of Portugal, they raise bulls for bull fighting and we saw a sigh warning of the possibility of a cow on the road. In the evening, it was hot and we had to leave the window of our room open. During the night, many drunks walked by on the street, shouting to each other. Some seemed happy, others angry. Humans are technologically sophisticated but in many areas of the human endeavor they are not advanced.
Here is the complete chapter 3 of Lao tsu’s Tao te Ching:
“If you over esteem great men, people become powerless.
if you over value possessions, people begin to steal.
The master leads by emptying people’s minds
and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition
and toughing their resolve.
He helps people lose everything they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion in those who think that they know.
Practice non-doing, and everything will fall into place.”
Remember that these words were written long ago (over two millennia, actually). Lao tsu was not trying to provide scripture but merely signposts for the inner spiritual path. His words are valid for us to the degree that we share with him the same physiological mechanisms in our brains. All humans have brains with the same ways of functioning. I walk on the Caminho Portugues and those who read these words walk their own paths but our inner paths have similarities. Practice non-doing and you will see.