Gary Snyder: "We can all agree: there is a problem with the self-seeking human ego. Is it a mirror of the wild and of nature? I think not: for civilization itself is ego gone to seed and institutionalized in the form of the State . . . It is not nature-as-chaos which threatens us, but the State's presumption that it has created order. Also there is an almost self-congratulatory ignorance of the natural world that is pervasive in Euro-American business, political, and religious circles. Nature is orderly. That which appears to be chaotic in nature is only a more complex kind of order."
Lao-Tzu: " Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through . . .
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place."