The Master takes action by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing, thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire; what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Great Way.
Thus he can care for all things.
-Tao Te Ching
Greetings, subjects. As ruler of the planet, I have been asked to make a statement and to clarify things a bit, something I do now with great
reluctance. But having been outed at last, I see little choice but to explain the situation and answer a few of your questions, to avoid confusion and
Many have expressed astonishment that the world is ruled by a stoop-shouldered, balding florist from New Jersey, a middle-aged man with a bit of a
potbelly and a decidedly unhip wardrobe. Why, many ask, do you choose to live in a shabby one-bedroom apartment instead of a palace? Why do you drive
a rusty old Chevy instead of a chauffer-driven Rolls Royce? To these and other similar questions, I answer that when one possesses total power, the
outward signs of power stop being meaningful. Sure, I could live in a palace and sit on a gold-encrusted throne if I wanted, but to what end? When you
are omnipotent, the need to impress others fades quickly. I guess if you’ve never had omnipotence, this might be difficult to understand. But take
it from me, the used fake-leather recliner in my livingroom is much more comfy than a golden throne, even if it has started to leak stuffing a bit by
A more serious question, and one to which my subjects are perhaps entitled an answer: Why do I permit all the suffering that goes on in the world? If
I have so much power, I have been asked, why do I allow the horrible anguish that characterizes life as we know it, the wars and famines, the cruelty
of man against man? This is slightly more difficult to answer. First of all, I may be the ruler of the planet, but that doesn’t make me a God. I
cannot wave a magic wand and make disease go away, for example. I can’t stop floods or earthquakes. My control is supreme, but it is limited to the
political sphere. OK, fair enough, you reply, but at least can’t you stop all the wars going on in the world? Couldn’t you distribute the wealth a
bit more equitably? Yes, I could do these things, if I really wanted to. Since the leaders of every country and every political movement are under my
direct control, I could, in theory, get everyone to stand down and stop fighting. I could abolish the banking cartels, say, or implement a new
economic order that would be more equitable. But were I were to do these things, the evil that men do would simply manifest in another way. Were I to
stop all the wars, other forms of injustice and violence would arise. Were I to change the currency system, another form of inequality would appear.
It's a bit like a game of whack-a-mole. This may seem hard to comprehend, but what needs to be understood is that these problems result from human
nature, which is something no ruler can change, no matter how noble his intentions.
As ruler, my ultimate task is to remind you that all men rule themselves. If you want justice, be just in your own life. If you want compassion, be
compassionate to others. Learn to let go and abide in the course of things. When a person does this, he, too, becomes omnipotent, just as I am. In the
end, each of us is master of our own destiny.
Thank you. That is all.
edit on 5-4-2012 by Never Despise because: Grammar/spelling