Today we talk about what it means to not strive and China's electric transformation.
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Today's reading is from chapter 8 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching from the translation of Gia fu Feng and Jane English.
What does it mean to "not strive"? When we first hear that phrase, we might think of not doing anything at all, of just laying motionless. This is not what Lao Tzu is talking about.
Water doesn't stay still. It flows to the lowest places. It evaporates and rises to the highest. It moves all around the globe in an endless cycle, helping living things keep on living. So clearly there is movement, and benefit to others, even though water is not striving.
Water is able to accomplish these things without striving because it is in its nature to do so. This is why Taoism places such importance on self-understanding, attentiveness, and harmony with nature. When we can discover and operate from our own nature, we are working with the grain of the universe. It flows effortlessly from us, because it is in our nature.
Pay attention to the things that delight you, that resonate with something deep with in you, that make you feel more alive. That's a great way to start on the journey of self-discovery.
In just 20 years, China has gone from 0 solar panels to having 100% more than any other country, thanks to their rigorous investment in renewable energy. Solar power is now so cheap in China it's less expensive than grid electricity, a milestone that scientists did not expect to see crossed for decades still. But investment from the government has spurred technological advancements to reach "grid parity" ahead of schedule.
Quote of the Day
“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose”
― Leonardo da Vinci