For more than 20 years now, I’ve beaten my head against the concept of wu-wei, an esoteric bit of a mind-boggle that underlies a lot of the Taoist way of walking. What to say about wu-wei? Even trying to describe it makes the people doing the explaining dizzy.
It’s famous…the Fight or Flight reaction dichotomy that happens every time the adrenaline starts pumping through your system as you’re facing yet another new crisis or unfamiliar situation. It’s a human thing. I mean, look at us: Bad eyes, really limited smelling ability, can’t hear well, small teeth, no claws, weak muscles, can’t run, bad at climbing, and on and on. In a world of predators, we tend to be a lot wary. We’ve got good reasons.