When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
the factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities.
There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.
Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 46, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
Can You See Through All Fear?
One of the reasons I know that the more things change the more they stay the same is chapters like today’s. It was something like 2500 years ago that Lao Tzu wrote these words; and yet, look at how well he is describing present day for us.
Of course, Lao Tzu didn’t know anything of factories and trucks and tractors. That is Stephen Mitchell’s interpretation of Lao Tzu words about horses being used in agriculture. The same goes for the warheads being stockpiled outside of our cities. Lao Tzu talked about horses being bred for war. The methods may have changed over the years, but we are still being propagandized into fear by the ruling elite. The State thrives in times of war. Or, as Randolph Bourne put it, “War is the health of the State.” For the ruling elite, war is their bread and butter. And, if there is going to be perpetual war, there must be perpetual fear manufactured by the ruling elite, to get the majority to fear the manufactured enemies they create, on whom they intend to wage war.
Do we yet see the danger? I am not the biggest fan of FDR, but he did get one thing right. “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” I could add that that is just rich coming from him, after all of his obfuscations and deliberate provocations led to us getting attacked by an enemy. But, I best not get started down that tangent.
Lao Tzu’s point is spot on! There is no greater illusion than fear. That is why it is so important for us to be able to see through all fear. It is an illusion. We are being played. The only thing we have to fear is succumbing to this manufactured fear, in the first place.
That is why it pains me. It truly pains me, when I see so many people who have succumbed to the fear. It is used over and over and over again to manipulate us. And it works. I can’t tell you the number of people I know who are going to vote for Hillary out of fear of Trump. Then again, I know some who are going to vote for Trump out of fear of Hillary.
And, of course, we all must fear ISIS and all militant Islamic extremists. Hey guys, guess what? All of our current enemies have been manufactured by the ruling elite. Maybe we might consider fearing the ruling elite, instead. But, that would be silly. We outnumber them overwhelmingly. Without our acquiescence and support they would have no power. But we just keep on acquiescing and supporting; and wondering, “When will things ever change?” They won’t, as long as you continue to let them choose who you are allowed to vote for. The illusion of choice may not be the greatest illusion, that being fear, but it ranks up there pretty high.
What is it going to have to take for people to see through all the fear? When will people realize there is no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself against a manufactured enemy? Or, that the greatest misfortune is having an enemy in the first place. “Why can’t we all get along?” The answer is simple. The powers that be don’t want us getting along. Peace doesn’t pay near the dividends that war does.