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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Daily Musings - November 20th, 2012 - Division - 師 - Shī

Division - 師 - Shī

Monumental problems
cannot be resolved
at once, instantly;
Begin slowly
untying knots.
Divide and conquer.

inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

In order to solve problems, we must first identify the type. A puzzle, an obstacle, or an entanglement. A puzzle requires analytical examination, in order to unravel the strings that tie the disparate mess together. The greatest trait for solving puzzles is patience. In order for an obstacle to be overcome, one must employ force and perseverance to destroy, or dislodge, what is currently blocking us. Entanglements trap us in a quagmire of limitation; this is the most dangerous situation we may find ourselves in, and we will require the full use of our resources in order to extricate ourselves.

No matter what kind of problem arises, we must not try to tackle the entire issue at once. Break it into smaller, more manageable components. Most problematic situations are a combination of the three types illustrated above.  By fracturing the whole, we can break the problem into its basic elements, and approach each separately. Even when presented with the greatest of difficulties, we can find resolution so long as we employ gradual reduction. Thus, the tangled life we live becomes united, as if by magic.