Consistency - 一致性 - Yīzhì xìng
Without significant trouble,
it is easy to follow the way,
but a great many people,
too easily distracted,
find perspective difficult
and thus never open their eyes.
People constantly declare that they want to follow the way, Tao. They say that all they wish is to reach realization. This is not true. If it were, they would simply walk the road and attain enlightenment at some point. Most do not however, so why is this?
Epiphanies do not happen often because people are constantly distracted. It is not a given for every person to pursue Tao. Every being does not necessarily desire knowledge. When enlightenment comes, the world is completely insignificant by comparison. Some of us wish to continue the charade, amusing ourselves with exploration and satisfying our curiosities. This is all right, so long as understand our self-deception. In the final analysis, it is perfectly acceptable to be sidetracked, but take caution when leaving the path. Do not stray for long or the main road will be lost and all of your progress will be for naught. Realize that every second away is lost time, ground which could have already been uncovered.
This is why a strong perspective is the root of wisdom. By following Tao, the end goal is not perfectly static, but constantly fluctuating. Going away, pulling back...all appears the same on the true path.