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The Dao of Letting Go


Edward Slingerland




Dr. Edward Slingerland on “wu wei,” the Confucians and the Daoists’ key to political and spiritual success.


Wu Wei is early Chinese term that means literally no doing or no trying. But I think a better translation is effortless action. And it's the central spiritual ideal for these early thinkers, I look at so confusions and the Dallas. And what it looks a little bit like flow or being in the zone as an athlete. So you're, you're very effective, you're moving through the world in a very efficient way, the social world and physical world. Like you don't have a sense of doing anything, you don't have a sense of effort, you don't have a sense of yourself as an agent, you kind of lose yourself in the activity you're involved in.

And you're not only efficacious in terms of skill in the world, you also have this power that the early Chinese call, unfortunately, the Mandarin pronunciation is de sounds good buddy. But it's often translated as virtue or mean something like charismatic power or charismatic virtue. It's this energy, you kick off an aura that you kick off when you're in a state of way. And this is why these early thinkers one way because we're both of them that confusions in the Dallas. It's the

key to political and spiritual success.

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