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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Daily Musing - January 31st, 2013 - Concealment - 隱藏 - Yǐncáng

Concealment - 隱藏 - Yǐncáng

Hide your martial skills,
conceal your mental talents.
Shield your inner light
while biding your time.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

Once you can follow Tao skillfully, hide your abilities. Privately accumulate extraordinary knowledge and skill while keeping a outwardly plain appearance.

Great wisdom lies in being inconspicuous. Do not brag or try to achieve beyond your means. Do not let yourself become unbalanced before you have mastered an art. Thus, you will not be forced to use your talents. You will be able to volunteer assistance, but by being covert, you will not have acquired others' resentment and your character has yet to be judged. When you know how to hide well, you avoid attention and scorn, while retaining a strategic advantage. You need not do this for personal advantage, but as a way of managing your skills and desires.

Knowledge and skill are neutral; they are simply meant to be used. Mastery should not be a primary means to bolster self-image. We should never allow ourselves to be categorized by others by what we know. It is far better to simply our self-image, and free ourselves of the conflicts arising from strict definitions of being and identity.