A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn’t reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret. – Tao Te Ching Chapter 27
We all love our little cocoons. So nice and comfy. They keep us safe from the rest of the world. Where we can sit oblivious to those in other cocoons, yet constantly judging them and feeling oh so superior. Be they to the left of us, or right or above or below. And we take them with us when we travel. Only interacting with those who have similar cocoons. Some cocoons are highly educated, some are not. Some are very high up the tree while others are pretty low. It matters little.
And those of us who managed to leave out cocoons, even for a short while – will judge those who do not. “How can these people stay in those cocoons ?” we lament. “How silly and ignorant they are of the wide world.” We feel frustrated that these other people refuse to leave their cocoons and see the world as it is. So we get angry and want to shake their tree. But his only makes them retreat further into their cocoons and get resentful and yell out “How dare you disturb MY cocoon ? Who do you think you are ?” Then we retreat back into our own little cocoons, just like everyone elses.
When we do finally leave out cocoons and spread our wings, it is then we see the world as it is and maybe begin to have some compassion for those who will live and die in their cocoons. Knowing little of the world and people outside.