Today’s Tao will make you stark raving nuts if you think about it too much. Which is pretty much what it’s saying:
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.
Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.
Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharper;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.
I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.
So does John Prine. Did you know the first three songs he ever sang in public were “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and “Paradise?” This is what he says:
“If you’re looking for the big picture, sometimes you’ve got to get a really small frame.” John Prine drinks from the Great Mother’s breasts.