Friday, March 15, 2013

And My Presence is Not Needed

I read this interesting comparison by Lin Yutang regarding methods for achieving worldly independence:

Hence, the distinction between Buddhism and Taoism is this: the goal of the Buddhist is that he shall not want anything, while the goal of the Taoist is that he shall not be wanted at all. Only he who is not wanted by the public can be a carefree individual, and only he who is a carefree individual can be a happy human being. In this spirit Chuangtse, the greatest and most gifted among the Taoist philosophers, continually warns us against being too prominent, too useful and too serviceable.

Or, to invert another cultural assumption, "Light is to be concealed, not revealed."