We are in Casar de Cáceres — and face a hike of over 20 miles, something beyond our ability. The owner of the apartment offers to take us halfway to Embalse de Alcántara (6 Euros/person) — so our hike becomes possible.
We pass the Roman stone markers left by the Romans, who built this road in 1AD.
We pass sheep.
We arrive and are on our way — walking to Cañaveral.
I read Chapter 49 from the Tao te Ching (translated by Steven Mitchell):
“The Master has no mind of her own.
She works with the mind of the people.”
I look at the road surface — ruins of the ancient Roman road. The Roman road was a major engineering feat — with stone foundation, drainage system, special surface.
“She is good to people who are good.She is also good to people who aren’t good.
This is true goodness.”
“She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who aren’t trustworthy.
This is true trust.”
A sign explains that construction of the highway and railway resulted in anthropological excavation on the ancient Roman Way. The sign portrayed how the original road was used — connecting Rome with its empire in what is now Spain and allowing commerce and continued empire expansion.
“The Master’s mind is like space.
People don’t understand her.”
We enter Cañaveral.
“They look to her and wait.
She treats them like her own children.”
We stop at the church and give thanks for our arrival. I pray that you understand what Lao tsu is saying.
The good, not good, trustworthy, untrustworthy, mind, no mind —
All our names are one name.