I cross the bridge over the Potomac, walking to Harper’s Ferry. I will walk into town to see the sights.
After crossing the river, I walk from left to right to arrive in the town, passing the cemetery, Jefferson’s Rock, and arriving at the site where John Brown was captured.
I visit Harper’s Cemetery, above the town.
I read Chapter 29 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.”
I pass Jefferson’s Rock, a place visited by President Thomas Jefferson, third US President.
“The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.”
“If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.”
I look at the site where John Brown, an abolitionist, tried to capture the Federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in October 1859. He wanted to estabish a center for run-away slaves. Brown, and a band of 19 men, were surrounded and captured. Brown was hung two months later. This act was part of a way of thinking that led to the American Civil War in 1861.
“There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;”
The fire engine “fort” – where Brown was surrounded and captured.
“A time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;”
“A time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;”
“a time for being safe,”
“a time for being in danger.”
“The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.”
Dry Goods Store
“She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.”
Inside a local house at the beginning of the Civil War
The local house is on the right.