Why is staying simple not simple?
A new disciple asks his master, “How do you practice Tao, Sir?”
The master says, “When you are hungry, eat; when you are tired, sleep.”
The disciple is astonished at the simplicity of the answer. “Isn’t that what everyone does anyway?”
The master replies, “No. Most people feed themselves with thousands of desires when they eat and dream of thousands of designs when they sleep.”
Put others first.
Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching 19
Note: ‘Simplicity’ here is the translation of the character Pu (朴or樸), which is also translated as ‘uncarved wood” or ‘inherent quality’. It is a metaphor for the natural state of humanity or the Tao.
Thanks to Yamanaka Tamaki for the picture.