Wu Wei (The Art of Sailing, Not Rowing)

There is a principle in Taoism called Wu Wei. Wu, meaning non, not, or no. Wei has multiple meanings. Some interpret it as action, or making. I prefer Alan Watts translation of “forcing” — as in “not forcing”.

We can see it illustrated in the performances of actors, athletes, and musicians. We sense it immediately when the performance is forced.

According to Alan, many who study the Tao Te Ching interpret this principle as doing nothing. They endorse a laziness, a laissez-faire approach; always be passive.

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