The Invisible and the Intangible
“The spokes and the hub are the visible parts of a wheel.
Clay is the visible material of a pot, which is useful because it contains.
Walls, doors, and windows are visible parts of a house.
We always look for the visible and the tangible without.
But what really matters is the invisible and the intangible within.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Chapter 11)
According to Lao Tzu, true human wisdom comes from within and not from without. Therefore, we should always look inside of ourselves to ask self-intuitive questions of who we are, what we need, not what we want, and why we need them. The outward appearance may be deceptive, leading us astray.
Even the Bible tells us that we should look for what is inside, and not the appearance.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16: 7)
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