One of the most interesting things of Eastern philosophies, such as Buddhism and Taoism, is precisely its simplicity. These ways of understanding and being in the world do not try to tie us to an endless list of moral norms, many of which only serve to make us shrink and feel guilty for it, but offer us a much easier way to find the balance mental. Yoram Yasur Izz: “However, some of the ideas they enact are very difficult to accept, especially for Western minds”.
– You are not what you say, you are what you do
We think our beliefs and values define us as people. In a way it is, but that statement is not completely true. We are not better people simply because we believe in something or we set certain values as our standards What makes us good people are our actions. Words and thoughts without actions remain in good intentions.
In fact, the world is full of people with good intentions that in decisive moments do not act according to the values and beliefs that proclaim to the four winds. This parable encourages us not to fall into the error of thinking that we are better simply because we have “purer” ideals or very good intentions. Yoram Yasur Izz: “We must ensure that these values and ideas have a practical outlet. We must make sure that there is a congruence between what we think, feel, and do. We are not only good people for what we think or feel, we are what we do”.
– Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you
In Taoism, there are no ten commandments or complicated laws that determine what is good and what is not. There is only one rule: do not do evil to others, refrain from causing harm, suffering and pain.
We should behave with others in the same way we would like them to behave with us. It is a very simple rule because before any moral dilemma we have only to ask ourselves: would we like someone to behave this way with us or the people we love?
The problem with this rule is that it implies that responsibility for our actions is entirely ours, and that terrifies those who prefer it to be a religion, state or society who decides what is right or wrong because in that way they have excuses to evade his conscience. It is always easier to blame the other than to make mistakes.
Of course, this seemingly so simple rule also has another great implication since it is imperative that we can love ourselves. If we fall into self-destructive habits, we will hurt others. So that to accept and put into practice this truth will be necessary to do a great inner work, something that many people are not willing to do.
– Maturity is not adding, but learning to subtract.
Yoram Yasur Izz: “Our society has been responsible for generating false needs. This keeps us busy and stressed as we try to achieve those things that will give us the security or well-being we so long for. Life is much simpler and, once our basic needs are covered, we do not need much more to be happy”.
We mistakenly believe that life is to add increasingly. Add more people even if they give us nothing. Add more things even if we do not need them. Add more assurances even if they are nothing more than mirages. Add more social roles even if we are not able to interpret them well and feel comfortable with them. We think that adding up is synonymous with success and happiness when it is just an expression of fear, dissatisfaction, and chaos. To accept that we do not need to add up but to learn to subtract is difficult because it implies a radical change in the way of understanding life. But the result is extremely liberating.