One can understand a culture by the distinctions it makes, whether those distinctions have soft boundaries or are cleanly defined, whether they are held on an unconscious level or consciously acknowledged. American culture has particular difficulty with the distinction between the simple and the simplistic, often confusing the two. If you push onward far enough, you will come to the frontier where consensual reality leaves off, where the machine ends and you begin. When you meet yourself there, the experience may seem flat. You had been led to expect something more. The simplicity of the
is deceptive, the removal of things that are not you. Consider Lao Tzu's distinction between force and strength. Force is required to acquire, to build up. It takes strength to let go, to pare down, to know what is essential and discard the rest, however much it beckons.

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