If this is


As Leibniz wrote, the best of all possible worlds that god would have created, are we justified in trying to change it? Or should we say with the author of Tao that

Do you want to improve the world?

I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred.

It can’t be improved.

If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.

If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,

a time for being behind;

a time for being in motion,

a time for being at rest;

a time for being vigorous,

a time for being exhausted;

a time for being safe,

a time for being in danger.

The master sees things as they are,

without trying to control them.

She lets them go their own way,

and resides at the center of the circle.

Should one pray to have their situation altered if the world is sacred and this is the best possible world that the good god could make?

Is making a vaccine trying to change the world? If this is the best possible world, does it mean that a world without disease was not possible and to ask for such a world is to ask for too much? What does this argument mean for heaven then? Or hell for that matter?

Happy Holidays everyone.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

24 thoughts on “If this is

  1. ladysighs says:

    Quit tampering with your blog
    You really can’t improve it
    Sacred it is to your fans
    Of it we all approve it

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  2. jim- says:

    Everything everyone tries to do to tamper or alter their situation then, would be just as acceptable or natural as not, since everything is exactly as it should be, or would be.
    And happy new year.

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  3. Tish Farrell says:

    My first thought is that hi-tech humanity thinks rather too highly of itself in terms of its capacities to control and shape and affect. The planet IS. It does what it does. We could try being less destructive however. Plenty of scope to change ourselves.

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  4. Nothing is sacred, including the world, at least not in the strong sense of being unassailable and inviolable. In the weaker sense of being highly valued and important? Sure, but that doesn’t lead to the same restrictions. One leads to inaction, the other a healthy caution.

    Happy Holidays Mak!

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  5. Ron says:

    If the cosmologists are correct, our Sun will eventually destroy the Earth and the universe will end in heat death. Which means that everything occurring between now and then is little more than a steady step towards a state of total entropy. So given those circumstances, we might as well jettison our notions of everlasting cosmic significance and enjoy the ride.

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    • makagutu says:

      Even if the cosmologists were not right, our lives don’t enjoy a cosmic significance. Many of us live and die and are soon forgotten no wonder we are obsessed with greatness. People to do all sorts of things for greatness just so they can be immortalised.

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