Thoughts From the Tao-te Ching by Lao-Tzu
It was quoted in the "Thoughts from the Tao-te Ching" by Lao-Tzu, a
notable writer who speaks much upon power and domination that, "there
is no greater illusion than fear,/ no greater wrong than preparing to
defend yourself,/ no greater misfortune than having an enemy" (26).
This is an ingenious concept, yet we all face fear everyday, for many
of us, it affects our way of life and the way we think and do things.
What is fear triggered by anyways? Is it the lack of trust in others,
or the natural tendency to be afraid of that which we do not know?
Whatever the explanation, I know why I have fear.
Back in the small, mountainous desert of Sparks, Nevada, during the
coldest winter to pass us by; many of my friends and I went out to hit
the town. The wind howled as it rushed through the neighborhood,
causing the trees to sway to and fro. Now we were all children of a
young age, thirteen to be exact, but we decided that we were
responsible enough to face the world beyond the next street. Upon
reaching our decision, we contemplated on where we should meet. It had
to be somewhere that we could all covertly escape without alarming any
of our families or neighbors. Oddly enough, everyone met at my house,
one by one, we all piled in to the living room and thankfully my mom
was sound asleep in the back room. As soon as everyone arrived, we
made our move, deceitfully making our way through the kitchen, which
was so eloquently decorated with metal sculptures of roosters and
chickens, we continued on to the door. As we turned the doorknob, we
could heard the most horrifying sound from the door, an old and rusted
hinge that creaked and wailed loud enough to bring attention to you
from a mile away. Scared that we were going to get caught by my
parents, we decided to hit the back burners and go. It seemed as if we
outran the wind at that moment, it was glorifying, to separate
yourself from your parents and be with your friends.
As the rain began to come down in an awkward fashion, as if it were
coming straight at us, almost as if it wasn't falling, just coming
straight at us like the wind in our face. This winter was a gloomy
one, the grey clouds bombarded us from above, even the sun did not
dare to peak out through the poor conditions.
Despite the weather, we accomplished our first task to get away and
now it was nothing but an open road that had endless possibilities. We
first made our way to Smith's grocery store, where its letters were
constantly illuminated in a magnificent wave of red. We bought
ourselves an immense amount of sweets, mostly red licorice and
chocolate, which we had devoured within the next half hour resulting
in a not so pleasant feeling. We came to our senses and realized that
we should eat some real food, so we slowly made our...