This will be my last post. A slow separation of my Yin & Yang has begun. My body is heavy and its movements unsure. Inside my spirit is light and gathering in my upper jiao. When I go outdoors I feel the touch of the sky in my chest and the Yang currents in my arms. My scholarly acuity is now intermittent and this piece will not have the fluidity I strive for. But elegance is not the goal. It only makes a good thought more communicable and disseminates it further.
There are so many things I could talk about with you but time is of the essence and so I have tried to choose the most important. I haven't done a methodical examination of all the candidates but after a bunch of thought , right now, today, I believe the most important of all human characteristics to be empathy.
Empathy is the first spark of the tenderness holding an infant evokes. It is the urge to put a comforting hand on a friend's shoulder. It enables us to understand some of another person's motivations. And sadness and frustrations. It allows us to recognize a fellow in an enemy. It allows us to forgive a wrongdoer, to give a second chance. Empathy is why we volunteer for the sake of others. Why we make contributions to good causes. Empathy is the prototype of our gentle emotions.
Empathy motivated the group of people who didn't know me at all to get up extra early or take time from their work day to get me to and from dialysis for two months. And it was the force that motivated my extraordinary friend YM Chen to bring me greetings and succor from friends and colleagues.
Empathy is the core impetus of the Golden Rule. And the Golden Rule is the dialetical opposite of cynicism. It is the preservative and constructive Yang force to the destructive and entropic Yin force. The kindness we desire - given to others, is the balancing entity to man's inhumanity to man.
The Sephardi Taoist
February 4. 2013