Eternity can wait

Las Vegas is hardly the right place for deep contemplation on the circle of life and the path to eternal enlightenment. The only emptiness I’m likely to achieve here will be that of my pocket rather than my mind, and any chances of maintaining stillness are severely limited by the city’s bright flashing lights and loud, brash sounds.

So even at the risk of “act(ing) blindly and court(ing) disaster”, I think I’ll celebrate the ephemeral while I’m in this crazy rootless city. I’m sure that eternity can wait.

致虛極,守靜篤。萬物並作,吾以觀復。夫物芸芸,各復歸其根,歸根曰靜,是謂復命。復命曰常,不知常,妄作凶。知常容、容乃公,公乃全,全乃天,天乃道,道乃久,沒身不殆。
Reach perfect emptiness;
Maintain perfect stillness.
All things emerge,
I observe them return.
Even though all things grow and flourish,
Each one will ultimately return to its respective root.
Returning to the root is called stillness;
This is what is known as returning to your destiny.
Regaining your natural state is called the constant.
Knowing the constant is called discernment.
Not knowing the constant leads to recklessness and violence.
Knowing the constant leads to tolerance;
Tolerance leads to impartiality;
Impartiality leads to inclusiveness;
Inclusiveness leads to heaven;
Heaven leads to the way.
The way leads to resilience,
And to living out your days without encountering any calamities.

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