Wei Wu Wei “Action Without Action”


Preamble: The more freedom we have, the more choices available to the people. The fewer freedoms we have, the faster hypocrisy will eat away at the heart of our society.

                  LIVE AND LET LIVE

Lead by the gun and you will die by the gun. Garbage In Garbage Out. If you do nothing, nothing bad comes out. Wei Wu Wei.

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Taoism is not a mere matter of willing. It is a principle of life.
One of Taoism’s most important concepts is wu wei , which is sometimes translated as “non-doing” or “non-action.” A better way to think of it, however, is as a paradoxical “Action of non-action.”  Wei Wu Wei refers to the cultivation of a state of being in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the ebb and flow of the elemental cycles of the natural world. It is a kind of “going with the flow” that is characterized by great ease and awake-ness, in which – without even trying – we’re able to respond perfectly to whatever situations arise.

As I understand it, wei wu wei speaks mainly to these things, which we fool ourselves into thinking we can change through action, when nonaction will work much better. Wei wu wei helps us remember that misdirected effort in these areas is counterproductive.

So, in theory at least, Taoists tend not to initiate action – but wait for events to make action necessary – and avoid letting their own desires and compulsions push them into doing things.

There was a Greek-speaking Stoic philosopher called Epictetus AD 55 – 135) who actually subconsciously taught wei wu wei. Epictetus taught that philosophy is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline. To Epictetus, all external events are beyond our control; we should accept whatever happens calmly and dispassionately. However, individuals are responsible for their own actions, which they can examine and control through rigorous self-discipline.

The simplest interpretation of wei-wu-wei is that it means doing nothing, or as little as possible.

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Wei Wu Wei

A more common interpretation of wei-wu-wei sees it as action which does not force but yields. Rather than being a version of doing nothing, this might be called “the action of passivity.” Under the weight of a heavy snowfall, pine branches break off, but by bending, the willow can drop its burden and spring up again.

If one leaves the people alone and lets them get on with it, social problems will resolve themselves — perhaps because political interference is more often the cause of such problems than their solution.

Taoism requires human beings to be humble and recognise that not only are they NOT obliged to make the world a better place, they are actually so ignorant of what is really happening that they are likely to make things worse if they do take action.

So wu-wei is a recommendation to be soft and yielding, as Lao Tzu’s favorite metaphor water (joh). Often the character joh,  is translated as “weakness,”  but “weakness” has unavoidably negative connotations which do not seem right in this context — especially since joh is usually a means to conquer in the end. It is because water is the softest and most yielding thing that it is able to overcome the hard and strong.

Wei Wu Wei – Action without Action

The constant and unmistakable teaching of the Tao Te Ching is that humans are indeed capable of intervening in life’s events, but the evidence of life, which humans constantly ignore, is that such intervention is destructive to all involved, and that we therefore have a moral duty to refrain from taking such actions.

America funded Islamists that would later come back to bite them in the ass in the form of 9/11.

The Soviet invasion in 1979, and the 10 years of occupation that followed, provided a magnet for would-be jihadists from around the Arab world.

Some 35,000 of them flocked to Afghanistan during that period, to join the jihad and help the mainly Islamist Afghan mujahideen guerrillas turn the country into Russia’s Vietnam.

Ironically, they found themselves on the same team as the Americans. The CIA’s Operation Cyclone channelled hundreds of millions of dollars through Pakistan to militant Afghan mujahedeen leaders due to the American deep rooted hate for the Soviet at that time.

It was in Afghanistan that virtually all the major figures in the new jihadist world cut their teeth. They helped shape events there in the aftermath of the Soviet withdrawal in 1989, a period that saw the emergence of al-Qaeda as a vehicle for a wider global jihad, and Afghanistan provided a base for it.
By the time the Taliban took over in 1996, they were virtually in partnership with Osama Bin Laden and his men, and it was from there that al-Qaeda launched its fateful 9/11 attack in 2001.
The formative Afghan experience provided both the combat-hardened salafist jihadist leaders and the strategists who were to play an instrumental role in the emergence of the IS of today.

So basically America played itself.

When the kitchen is already flooded, the bureaucrats propose turning on even more faucets.

WEI WU WEI

“We must accept the fact that Islam has a crisis,” says a senior Sunni politician in Iraq.
“IS is not a freak. Look at the roots, the people, the aims. If you don’t deal with the roots, the situation will be much more dangerous. The world has to get rid of IS, but needs a new deal: reformation, in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, al-Azhar [the ancient seat of Sunni Islamic learning and authority in Cairo].”
“You can’t kill all the Muslims, you need an Islamic reformation. But Saudi and Qatari money is blotting out the voices so we can’t get anywhere. It’s the curse of the Arab world, too much oil, too much money.”

I’ll tell you what, leave them alone. Wei Wu fucking Wei

IS took up the cause of punishing the West and other outsiders for their actions in the region over the past century:
◾ the carve-up by the colonial powers 100 years ago, drawing a border between Iraq and Syria which IS has now erased
◾ the creation of Israel under the British mandate for Palestine, and its subsequent unswerving political and financial support by the US
◾ Western (and indeed Russian) backing for corrupt and tyrannical Arab regimes
◾ the Western invasion and destruction of Iraq on the flimsiest of pretexts, with the death of uncounted thousands of Iraqis
◾ the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisoner abuse scandals….

They are basically punishing them for meddling

Taoism requires human beings to be humble and recognise that not only are they NOT obliged to make the world a better place, they are actually so ignorant of what is really happening that they are likely to make things worse if they do take action.

George W. Bush and Tony Blair’s actions in Iraq were directly responsible for the mayhem we now see in the Middle East. Despite anti-war protests by millions of people around the globe, the former United States president and the former British Prime Minister, respectively, decided in 2003 to go to war with Iraq, without United Nations Security Council approval.

At that time, not even pleas by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan were enough to deter these warmongers from invading Iraq. They justified their actions by claiming that the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had “weapons of mass destruction” and was harbouring Al Qaeda. None of these claims were found to be true.

On the contrary, Saddam’s ouster paved the path for Al Qaeda to lay down roots in Iraq, something that would have been inconceivable during his regime.

No one is quite sure of the numbers, but it is estimated that the Iraq war led to the deaths of between 100,000 and 600,000 people, most of them civilians.

When Saddam was captured, tried and sentenced to death by a kangaroo court, sectarian violence between Sunnis, Shias and Kurds broke out.

Then, Saddam’s Baath party loyalists joined forces with Sunni jihadists to form the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, one of the biggest threats the world is currently facing. The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have led to an unprecedented refugee crisis that has not been witnessed since the Second World War.

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The reality in Syria

Under Saddam’s tightly-controlled Baath Party regime, the Sunnis enjoyed pride of place over the majority Shia, who have strong ties with their co-religionists across the border in Iran.
The US-led intervention disempowered the Sunnis, creating massive resentment and providing fertile ground for the outside salafist jihadists to take root in.

When the US-led coalition destroyed the Iraqi state in 2003, it was breaking down the wall that was containing Iran, the region’s Shia superpower, seen as a threat by the Saudis and most of their Sunni Gulf partners since its Islamic revolution in 1979.
Iran had for years been backing anti-Saddam Iraqi Shia factions in exile. Through those groups, the empowerment of the majority Shia community in Iraq after 2003 gave Iran unrivalled influence over Iraqi politics.

Bush has been an avid reader throughout his adult life, preferring biographies and histories. During his time as president, Bush read the Bible daily. He also read 14 Lincoln biographies and, during the last three years of his presidency, he reportedly read 186 books. Trump busted this as the biggest lie. I concur, considering he never stumbled upon any wei wu wei scripts.

If everyone just remained in their own borders and stopped meddling. Why do all the dirty work? Russia sleeps next to Afghanistan. France, Germany are all next to the middle East but American soldiers flew over the vast Atlantic into foreign territories of the Middle East to meddle. They are victims of their own propaganda that since they are the largest economy, we should meddle. A free hegemony ticket. They have fed on their own ideologies and internalized their own propaganda now they are victims.

That’s tantamount to claiming that having more money than your brother automatically makes you his Father. As absurd as it is pragmatically.

The US is required by law to spend a mandatory amount on certain programs, like Social Security, a federal welfare program.
“If the US spent zero on Social Security and defense, the percentage of the total that goes [toward] infrastructure would be higher,”  – Puentes. Look at China putting their money into good use because they did not meddle.

When the kitchen is already flooded, the bureaucrats propose turning on even more faucets.

Don’t throw yourself into the fire then romanticize the pain.

Ten months after vowing to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the organisation, President Obama ruefully acknowledged that IS “has been particularly effective at reaching out to and recruiting vulnerable people around the world including here in the United States, and they are targeting Muslim communities around the world”.
And he put his finger on the real challenge, monumentally greater than the comparatively simple task of defeating IS militarily:
“Ideologies are not defeated with guns, they are defeated by better ideas, a more attractive and more compelling vision,” he said.

Have you tried wei wu wei bruh.

The US and its allies were powerless to halt IS advances in Libya.

Democracy promotion has its naysayers. Regime change schemes in the name of democracy have thrown African countries like Libya to the abyss of anarchy.
The brutal, corrupt dictatorships which the U.S/ NATO shook have either fragmented into chaos and sectarian and tribal upheaval, like Syria itself, Libya, Yemen and (with Western intervention) Iraq, or the “deep states” of their former regimes came back, even more harshly in the case of Egypt, more gently in the case of Tunisia.

The Saudis made a huge mistake when they backed the overthrow of the elected Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt and the subsequent crackdown on the movement, which has pushed political Islam into the arms of the radicals.
“There were no pictures of Isis, Bin Laden or al-Qaeda in Tahrir Square,” he says. “It was an opportunity for democracy in the Middle East, but we made a historical blunder for which we are all paying now.”

WEI WU WEI.

Today’s presidential candidates are playing recklessly with free trade, alliances and immigration. They are pushing the misguided notion that high trade barriers will restore jobs and prosperity to the middle class, and scorning old alliances and new immigrants. These protectionist and nativist ideas aren’t new; they’re as old as the Greeks. Athens tried them but it created international disorder and the opposite of the desired result.

Adam Smith’s thesis that the free market makes societies prosperous because it enables specialisation and division of labour.

Wei Wu Wei.

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea is like a kid. A very bored kid. Like the toddler who keeps testing the parents’ limits of tolerance, North Korea is bent on discovering just how close to the edge is too close.

On January 6, 2007, the North Korean government confirmed that it had nuclear weapons. This was a test to see the world’s reaction, nothing happened. In April 2009, reports surfaced that North Korea has become a “fully fledged nuclear power”, an opinion shared by International Atomic Energy Agency. It even went ahead to test.

On January 6, 2016 in Korea, the United States Geological Survey detected a magnitude 5.1 seismic disturbance, reported to be a fourth underground nuclear test. North Korea claimed that this test involved a hydrogen bomb.

On February 7, 2016, roughly a month after the alleged hydrogen bomb test, North Korea claimed to have put a satellite into orbit around the Earth. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe had warned the North to not launch the rocket, and if it did and the rocket violated Japanese territory, it would be shot down. Nevertheless, North Korea launched the rocket anyway, claiming the satellite was purely intended for peaceful, scientific purposes. Several nations, including the United States, Japan, and South Korea, have criticized the launch, and despite North Korean claims that the rocket was for peaceful purposes, it has been heavily criticized as an attempt to perform an ICBM test under the guise of a peaceful satellite launch. China also criticized the launch, however urged “the relevant parties” to “refrain from taking actions that may further escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula”. Apparently, this is proof that China understands Wei Wu Wei better.

If one leaves the people alone and lets them get on with it, social problems will resolve themselves — perhaps because political interference is more often the cause of such problems than their solution.

80% of the population in China practices Taoism; that means that Wei Wu Wei is deeply inculcated in the masses’ majority.

Cannabis grows naturally throughout southwestern China and it is legally cultivated in some areas for its use in commercial rope manufacturing. Wei Wu Wei has made drug usage become so trivial an issue in China through ostensibly decriminalising it.

China is technically the source of drugs and controlled substances in the world but they don’t pose a major drug problem compared to the countries they export to. Wanna know why, Wei Wu Wei.
It is a major source of precursor chemicals necessary for the production of cocaine, heroin, MDMA and crystal meth. Much of these precursor chemicals go to Mexico, El Chapo, Escobar, Heisenberg where ya at? We finally knew where you get your pseudo. China is also a leading exporter of bulk ephedrine and has been a source of much of the pseudoephedrine subsequently used to manufacture methamphetamine destined for the U.S.

China the source country for these drugs experiences a lower usage and addiction problem than the destination for these drugs — Mexico/ Colombia/ Dominican Republic/ U.S.A/ El Salvador. Do you know why? Wei Wu Wei.

In particular, favoring drug legalization does not imply approval of drug use.

Eric Wert on the legalisation of marijuana.: ” I have seen the therapeutic effects first hand and it is obviously beneficial. It’s totally legal where I live, here in Portland, and seriously, it’s not a big deal. All the people who used it before can do it more safely; anyone who didn’t use it doesn’t have to start. Sending people to prison for something so innocuous is insane.”

What should be happening is harm reduction. Like Cannabis is already liberalized this should chart campaigns for the usage of bongs which cool and to some extent filters the smoke.

Where availability is limited, users of heroin and other drugs frequently share the syringes and use them more than once. As a result, infections such as HIV or hepatitis C can spread from user to users through the reuse of syringes contaminated with infected blood. The principles of harm reduction propose that syringes should be easily available or at least available through a needle and syringe programmes (NSP). Where syringes are provided in sufficient quantities, rates of HIV are much lower than in places where supply is restricted. Wei wu wei.

THE SINISTER WEI WU WEI

Schadenfreude (; German: [ˈʃaːdn̩ˌfʁɔɪdə]) is pleasure derived (pleasure derived) from the misfortunes of others. This word is taken from German and literally means “harm-joy”. It is the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune. According to me, schadenfreude is a sinister variant of wei wu wei. That makes George Carlin subconsciously a Taoist.

George Carlin professed a hearty schadenfreude in watching the rich spectrum of humanity slowly self-destruct, in his estimation, of its own design, His delivery frequently treated these subjects in a misanthropic and nihilistic fashion, all sharing the overall theme of (in his words) “humanity’s bullshit”, which might include murder, genocide, war, rape, corruption, religion, the destruction of nature and other aspects of human civilization.

He said, “I look at it this way… For centuries now, man has done everything he can to destroy, defile, and interfere with nature: clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains, poisoning the atmosphere, over-fishing the oceans, polluting the rivers and lakes, destroying wetlands and aquifers… so when nature strikes back, and smacks him on the head and kicks him in the nuts, I enjoy that. I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever. None. And no matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it’s natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse.”- George Carlin.

There have been 5 major extinctions on earth.

The 1st Mass Extinction- the world cooled drastically and ice sheets spread from the poles precipitating the second extinction.
The Ordovician Ordeal- 85% of marine species were wiped out leaving only fish.
The Permean Extinction- worst mass extinction in the planet’s history, obliterating up to 96% of marine species and similar % of land animals. In the aftermath, the 1st dinosaurs evolved.
The Triassic Extinction- 80% of species extinct including the top predators of giant reptiles called icthyosaurs. In the aftermath, the dinosaurs became the dominant land animals and eventually reached Titanic sizes. The biggest species 59 tonnes.
The fifth extinction- The death of dinosaurs. 65 million years ago, a huge chunk of rock from outer space smashed into what is now Mexico. The explosion was devastating but the longer term effects were worse. Dust was thrown into the upper atmosphere and blocked out sunlight, and in the ensuing cold and darkness, earth suffered its fifth and last mass extinction. The dinosaurs were the most famous casualties but pterosaurs and giant marine reptiles were also wiped out.
This caused mammals to evolve their ability of nourishing their young inside their womb just like modern humans.

All these extinctions were natural.

Our species, homo sapiens is ridiculously young. We have only existed for a fifth of a million years. In that time we have expanded from our African birthplace to reach every continent, and even outer space. Our activities have precipitated the sixth mass extinction and unleashed the fastest episode of climate change in Earth’s history. Yet we are also the only species that has ever managed to piece together the history of earth.

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The dynamics of hardheadedness psychology show that people tend to cling more to that which they have been asked to abandon.. They also tend to incline towards trying that which they were asked not to try. Adam and Eve. Wei Wu Wei.

Even Alicia Keys knew the girl was on fire but what did she do?  Wrote a song instead of saving the poor girl

Go buy that popcorn with your 3D glasses and watch. Sometimes it’s okay to watch the world self immolate. Carlin gave us leeway.

Twitter: @mighty_leny

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