“The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.” John Milton
It is the mind that makes the body and the soul—the being of an individual. Unfortunately, the mind also has its own darker side, which creates the darkness of life, and its negativity affects the real self involuntarily.
The darker side of life is a reality, not a myth, and that everyone has a darker side to his or her being. The darker side does not necessarily mean that it is something evil. Any connotation of evil may lead to denial, instead of acceptance.
For example, the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky and the pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the Ponzi scheme of Bernie Madoff and the scams and rip-offs by some of Wall Street executives are just some of the many examples of the extreme darkness of our society and culture.
But, in spite of the human inclination to be good, we all show our own darker side every now and then—such as not expressing as much compassion and loving-kindness as we should to our fellow human beings, or telling a white lie—because we are imperfect, and, as such, all human behavior is imperfect.
Robert Louis Stevenson in his famous story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic example of the darker side of human existence. In the story, both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde have a darker side of life, and each tries to hide it from the other; it turns out that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide are just one and the same person.
The Bible calls the dark side of human nature “sin.” None of us is exempt from sin. Life is always an inner struggle between what is perceived in an individual’s moral system as “right” and the dark opposing force inside to do just the very opposite. To make matters worse, most of us are really quite good at self-deception. Either we deceive ourselves into believing that the dark opposing force does not exist in ourselves, or we simply inflate our own personal virtues to overshadow the dark force within us.
The Book of Life and Living: This book provides a blueprint for the art of well, based on the conventional wisdom, the ancient Tao wisdom, and the Biblical wisdom. We all have the darker side, but we still have to live as if everything is a miracle.
Tao wisdom is the essence in the art of living well. It is the profound wisdom of the ancient Chinese sage, Lao Tzu, the author of the immortal classic Tao Te Ching, one of the most translated works in world literature. The book has been popular for thousands of years due to its unconventional wisdom, which is simple but controversial, profound and yet intriguing. To fully understand it, you need to get all the essentials of Tao wisdom.
Copyright©2018 by Stephen Lau