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Hammond and Jeffrey L. Richey, Eds. Peter D. Rather, it is a counsel for letting things happen naturally and without meddlesome interference or unnecessary conflict.
In most cases, they believe, more can be accomplished by means of a lighter, more yielding approach. Think of a waterfall at the end of a great canyon: On one level, nothing is weaker than water since it naturally yields and gives way to what it comes in contact with.
Yet it is precisely this fluidity which transforms its weakness into its greatest strength. The waterfall conveys a hidden message with profound moral overtones. It gives us a valuable lesson in what it takes to cultivate good character.
We learn that soft overcomes hard, that passivity can be a form of action, that yielding conquers aggressiveness, that flexibility wins out over rigidity, and that constancy triumphs over impetuousness. In like manner, the Tao is like water: It follows its natural course, and in doing so, it accomplishes all. Suppose, further, that you are accompanied by a well-matched boon companion6 and plan to stop each evening at a comfortable, rustic inn. What Taoist pleasures might one look forward to? First, of course, the pleasures of enjoying natural scenery.
Beautiful vistas can be enjoyed through car windows, but the hidden beauties of nature are revealed only to the walker. As Trevelyan writes: [T]he sudden glory of a woodland glade; the open back-door of the old farmhouse sequestered deep in rural solitude; the cow routed up from meditation behind the stone wall as we scale it suddenly;.
These, and a thousand other blessed chances of the day, are the heart of Walking, and these are not of the road. See, e. To head off all such cavils, let it be stipulated that this boon companion always walks at the desired pace, is not objectionably blabby, and would never think as Emerson once said of profaning river or forest by loud singing or vain talk. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
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Humans evolved as hunter-gatherers on the African Savannah and are built for walking and running. Our long legs, upright carriage, piston-like arms, curved spine, springy joints, arched feet, ample buttocks, and ability to cool ourselves through perspiration give us a frame that is ideal for swinging along all day over hill and dale. We become unconscious of weight, of locomotion; we are aware only of rhythm. It is a sensation akin to swimming, in which the water bears our weight.
To hit your stride is to discover a new sensation, the sensation of moving as effortlessly as the deer bounds, the horse gallops, the fish swims and the bird flies. Walking also comports with the Taoist ideal of simplicity. In going for a long-distance walk, we free ourselves from the clutters and messiness of modern life.
We say goodbye to the world of traffic, deadlines, meetings, and e-mails, and enter a stripped down, spare world of natural fundamentals: walking, communing with nature, eating, drinking, eliminating, and 8 Quoted in Edwin Way Teale, ed. There is freedom in this trade-off.
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By a magical but predictable alchemy, long-distance walking also amplifies enjoyment of simple pleasures. Food and drink become subjects for epic celebration, worthy of the treatment Homer gave them. If you step outdoors at sunset, all nature seems appareled in celestial light. Thoreau liked to give his readers a jolt, so perhaps this is a tad over the top.
But what he is driving at is the Transcendentalist idea of Nature. For Thoreau, nature is sacred, a temple of the divine. After offering a sense of the historical and intellectual contexts of each thinker, we argue that they develop distinct but related conceptions of a view we call anti-rationalism. We show how antirationalism characterizes their respective philosophies, helps us make sense of important aspects of their thought, and addresses issues that continue to fascinate reflective individuals today.
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