Have you ever thought of the implications when you want to make a comment and the screen asks, “Are you Human?” Of course this is to prevent bots from making advertising comments, but there is a deeper thought involved here. What does it mean to be human?
What’s a Sage?
Lao-tzu said, “Sagehood has nothing to do with governing others but is a matter of ordering oneself. Nobility has nothing to do with power and rank but is a matter of self-realization, and the whole world is found in the self. Happiness has nothing to do with wealth and status, but is a matter of harmony.”
What is the Way?
“Those who know enough to deem the self important and consider the world slight are close to the Way.”
Are you a Real Person?
“Real people embody this through open emptiness, even easiness, clear cleanness, flexible yielding, unadulterated purity, and plain simplicity, not getting mixed up in things. Their perfect virtue is the Way of heaven and earth, so they are called real people.”
Are you in Harmony?
“Real people know how to deem the self great and the world small, they esteem self-government and disdain governing others. They do not disturb their harmony, they do not let desires derange their feelings” . . .
. . . from the Wen-Tzu, translated by Thomas Cleary.