Affirmation - 肯定 - Kěndìng
Stand at the edge of the endless chasm,
and pose your question to the unseen entities
of existential darkness.
Call into the swirling void,
it will surely give an answer.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
The precipice, overlooking the chasm, represents our dilemma as human beings. It is the realization that this existence is increasingly random, almost insanely absurd. Is there truly such a thing as order? Is there a force directing things? These are important issues, such that we cannot rely on scripture alone to provide all the necessary answers. We must also explore the world, on our own.
The followers of Tao see the void as a deep valley. A valley may be a void of space, but it is productive and positive. The emptiness permits water to accumulate, for plants and fauna. It allows sunlight to flood the surface, promoting growth and renewal. The openness of the valley gives comfort to man, animal, and plant alike. The void should not be considered frightening; rather, it contains all possibilities, good and bad. Peer into the darkness, call out, but not simply with your voice. Allow the message to pass through your entire being. If your cry is deeply sincere, then an echo will surely follow. This is the affirmation of your existence, the confirmation that you follow the right path. With that encouragement, you may continue to live and explore. Then the void is no longer frightening. Instead, it is merely another companion along for the travels.