I recently picked up a translation with commentary of the Tao Te Ching at my local libraries’ book sale. While the book itself was slightly battered, what I found inside is a treasure-trove of wisdom passed down over the last 2,500 years. Verse 29, We Are the World, relates to today with its emphasis on how the most powerful and wealthy seek to destroy the planet. Below is Verse 29 as it was translated by Ralph Allan Dale. Read it, reflect on these powerful words and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Verse 29 – We Are the World
Those who have most power and wealth
treat the planet as a thing to be possessed,
to be used and abused according to their own dictates.
but the planet is a living organism,
a Great Spiritual Integrity.
To violate this Integrity
is certain to cull forth disaster
since each and every one of us
is an inherent part of this very organism.
All attempts to control the world
can only lead to its decimation
and to our own demise
since we are an inseparable part
of what we are senselessly trying to coerce.
Any attempt to possess the world
can only lead to its loss
and to our own dissolution
since we are an intrinsic part
of what we are foolishly trying to possess.
The world’s pulse is our pulse.
The world’s rhythms are our rhythms.
To treat our planet with care, moderation and love
is to be in synchrony with ourselves
and to live in the Great Integrity.
Taken from Tao Te Ching A New Translation & Commentary by Ralph Alan Dale Copyright 2002 by Ralph Alan Dale