Stepping back a bit, I did want to tell Carl how much I enjoyed his ?Guide to Taoist Parenting.? Whether it be brainwashing to some or perhaps a successful experiment to others, one need only listen to, or read as it were, two happy, healthy beings such as Luke and Kyle to know that it is rather just simply, the way to go. The only difficulty, as I see it, is that the basic requirement for Taoist parenting is a truly Taoist parent. This is a very rare breed (which is very strange because everyone is a Taoist whether they realize it or not) and it is the reason I felt the need to push for further exploration of the how and why some people recognize the way, and most cannot or do not. His wonderful words on the ?human predicament? are the perfect mini-guide for outright Taoists and ?un-knowing? Taoists alike (hey, Kyle, is the term I?m looking for perhaps inright Taoists? By the way, if you tell me that it?s actually inleft Taoists, I?m going to sock you in the jaw?). Anyhow, our natural capacity for thought has overtaken us and has caused us to over-think virtually everything. I loved that Carl?s dear mother is naturally delighted with the results of his Taoist Parenting, but is still vaguely cautious of the methodology. Surely, it couldn?t be that easy, but here we have Luke and Kyle as proof positive that it is. The beautiful simplicity of it all is baffling to the ?un-knowing? Taoist. And yet, Carl?s mother is herself a truly Taoist parent (hey, she puts up with Carl, don?t she? -please laugh here
). I?m sure she?s part of the reason he found his way and she heartily agrees with that old Taoist Polonius whom as we all know told his son, ?This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.? (I?m sorry, I know it?s corny old Taoist joke, but I couldn?t resist). Anyway, trust me, Grandma Abbott is Taoist.
Oh, yes, and now to fear. Why fear? Well, I would imagine that as life is supposedly a great mystery, the answer that it?s no mystery at all frightens us out of our wits. Even in China, long a hotbed for Taoist teaching, the Taoists were always revered, but at the same time also feared as sorcerers for their profound knowledge of the laws of nature and the universe. Professional Taoists (and I use the term ?professional? in the pejorative sense) throughout the ages have recognized fear as a can of worms that is easily opened and rather useful for fishing. The sage Zhiang Zi-ya maintained, however, that the best fish need not be caught, but will arrive on their own.