What if the world can’t be improved because it’s already perfect?

Observation:

Those who can afford to throw away food, tend to throw away the healthier part. Those who have to dumpster-dive for food, have to eat whatever they get which “just so happens to be” the healthier part.

Dumpster-divers can’t afford healthcare but don’t seem to need it (at least as frequently) as those who can afford healthcare do. And this is partly because of the difference between their lifestyles more generally, e.g. the average person is dealing with the tumult of relationships, concerns that come with having material possessions, social pressures, unmet expectations, etc., whereas those living on the street don’t have the same intensity of these issues (and in some cases they don’t have to bother with them at all); but that’s the point.

The world does an automatic balancing act we simply can’t calculate, consequently we can’t replicate and therefore can’t improve.

… but this is just my opinion. ~ Ervin Welsh

Ancient Observation:

“As it acts in the world, the Tao[1]
is like the bending of a bow.
The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.
It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.
It takes from what is too much
and give to what isn’t enough.”

{Lao Tzu, “Tao Te Ching”. (Chapter 77);
Translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1988)

Notes:

  1. “Tao” (in Chinese Philosophy): “… the absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behaviour, that is in harmony with the natural order…” (Oxford Dictionary)

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