Nature rarely talks


What a marvelous piece of luck! I certainly didn’t see the bee hovering over the flower when I took this photo in Fitzroy Gardens yesterday.

In the Daodejing, Laozi draws much of the inspiration for his theories from his observations of how nature works. In chapter 8, he points out that “the highest form of goodness is like water” because it “excels in benefiting all things without competing with them.”

The same principle applies to the bee pollinating the flower; they both thrive by cooperating rather than competing with each other. The only exception is humanity, which has departed from the core values of the Way and destroyed huge swathes of natural habitat in the process.

In chapter 23, Laozi says that “nature rarely talks”. That makes it all the more important to listen carefully to it when it does open its mouth.

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