The river cuts the country in two.
The plains are blessed with warmth,
but seldom see rain.
The weather on the tundra is refreshing, cool,
but terribly damp.
By choosing where to situate yourself,
you have altered destiny.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Followers of Tao speak of destiny. They define destiny as the course or pattern of your life, spontaneously taking shape more than through conscious designs. They do not define destiny as a preordained set of circumstances. There is no rigid script for the mad stage we find ourselves on.
Followers of Tao then speak of location. By this, they are speaking literally, as to where to place your house or how you define yourself morally or politically. These factors are very important to them. Let us imagine for a moment that you have been offered a job far away from your home. You move there, bringing your family along. Do you think that life would change?
Let us redefine this perception in a different fashion: If you went to a different school, your education would have differed and you may have went into a different profession. The change in profession may take you in a drastically different direction, changing your outloo
k towards life and even towards others. Even a simple change in neighborhood makes you a different person. Every choice changes circumstance.
Constantly inundated with matters both minor and great, you must must a multitude of choices each and every minute. The irony of life is that the path only goes in one direction. Life - a one-way journey towards death. You cannot go back on any decision, nor can you attempt comparisons by trying one method and then another. Life is not a double-blind study; do not perpetuate the myth of impartiality.
Respect Tao, respect yourself, and let wisdom guide you.