“Think One, Not What’s Lost”
Little Austin who showed his schoolmates that he could do what they thought he could not was a real inspiration. It’s more than courage, it is being enlightened by loss and discrimination.Instead of mourning over what cannot be done, think what can be done at the moment.
“Use of No Use is Great Use.”
A local official in South Taiwan claimed the high heeled glass church was built to commemorate a 24-year-old girl suffered from Blackfoot disease. Both of her legs had to be amputated, leading to the cancellation of her wedding. She remained unmarried and spent the rest of her life at a church.
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Discrimination of Confucius
There was a man called Toeless. He went to see Confucius.
“You were not cautious and were plagued by mishap to get to your current state. Now that you are here, it’s too lat.” said Confucius.
Toeless defended himself, “I did not know how things work and recklessly used myself, so I lost my foot. Now that I am here, there is still something more precious than the foot; I must make sure it is left intact. There is nothing that the sky would not cover nor would the earth not hold. I thought the teacher is like the sky and earth, how would I know that you are like this!”
Confucius said, “It’s my fault. Why don’t you come in? Please talk more so I can listen.”
Confucius said to his disciples, “Encourage yourself with this. The one-foot man still strive to learn to make up for his wrong doings, what more should the man do with integrity intact!”
Deformed the Useless is Blessed
There was a man called Deformed the Useless, his chin hid in his navels, shoulders hunched above his head; pigtail in a bun pointing towards the sky, all five organs piled on the back and two thighs pressed the ribs.
He managed to feed himself with sewing and doing laundry for others, he winnowed rice and sifted chaff as well; the income could support ten people.
When the government needed warriors, he walked freely without worries of being drafted; when they needed hard laborers, he was exempted due to his chronic conditions. He got three big measures and ten bundles of wood when they handed out grains to the sick and handicapped.
If those defect in form can feed themselves and live out their years, what more should those defect in integrity do?
(from Chapter 4, “Human World”, Book of Chuang Tzu)
Blessings and Curses
Is being deformed and useless a blessing or a curse? Christopher Reeve, known for his superman role in movies, would not be such a great man if he were not paralyzed to the extent of being completely useless in terms of caring for his own daily living, he became such a great inspiration for generations to come because he made great use of his physical defect and useless state promoting research and welfare for the paralyzed.
This is the law of opposites or polarity in Lao Tzu’s terms. If you don’t expand your thinking at a higher level, being useless will remain a curse while “Use of No Use” is boundless when transcended beyond man’s convention.
DeForm or deEmphasize physical form, concentrate on spiritual aspects that are truly important. Never will any defect make anyone useless, Nature has its way on taking care of all existence.