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Chuang Tzu
"Fishes forget one another in the rivers and lakes, men forget one another in the acts of the Tao."
V1. 11.
When one rests in what has been arranged & puts away all thought of the transformation, he is in unity with the mysterious heaven.

V1. 12.
In the light of these and the preceding Merton selections from Chuang Tzu, this:
Reading Chuang Tzu, I wonder seriously if the wisest answer (on the human level, apart from the answer of faith) is not beyond both ethics and politics. It is a hidden answer, it defies analysis and cannot be embodied in a program. Ethics and politics, of course: but only in passing, only as a "night's lodging." There is a time for action, a time for "commitment," but never for total involvement in the intricacies of a movement. There is a moment of innocence and kairos, when action makes a great deal of sense. But who can recognize such moments? Not he who is debauched by a series of programs. And when all action has become absurd, shall one continue to act simply because once, a long time ago, it made a great deal of sense? As if one were always getting somewhere? There is a time to listen, in the active life as everywhere else, and the better part of action is waiting, not knowing what next, and not having a glib answer.
Conjectures of A Guilty Bystander , p. 173.