Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)
Fear is, beyond any chink in the arsenal of individuality, the greatest permeator of the soul. It degrades not only the exterior of one’s conscious choices, but erodes the inner self, poisons conviction and ultimately digs a ditch where insanity breeds. Lao-tzu’s simple thought in the Tao Te Ching asks us to contemplate the importance of courage as an antidote to pain. Pain may be inflicted on a whim, when one does not think heartily through a risk. Pain may be emblazoned on the tuxedo of a glutton, when one becomes too flippant with excess. What then is the price of happiness not sought at all? An entirely different type of soullessness. Simply use caution, find forgiveness when racing too fast, and ask one’s self is this where I am drawn or where I am driven?