Despite humanity’s technological developments and will to progress, we’re still utterly dependent on nature. Human effort has its limitations and is always in conjunction with nature. We cannot grow a plant, for example, completely isolated from natural growth, even though we can influence and manipulate it. The reputed author of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu, stated that the world governs itself. It doesn’t need our intervention. As Lao Tzu wrote: “When you arrive at non-action, nothing will be left undone.” End quote. This idea resembles the basic understanding of the paradoxical concept “wu-wei.” But when we look for a definition of wu-wei, we quickly discover that there isn’t one fixed meaning. Some translate wu-wei as “non-action,” or “doing nothing,” others as “actionless action,” and others as “effortless action.” We find out that Taoism offers several layers, if you will, regarding how wu-wei can enhance our relationship with the world. And how this ancient art of “letting things happen” doesn’t necessarily make us passive, ignorant bystanders but can actually improve how we act, leading to better outcomes. This video (Wu-wei | The Art of Letting Things Happen) serves as a humble attempt to make the depth of this philosophical idea clear and practical. Support the channel: ✔️ PayPal: 🤍🤍paypal.me/einzelgangerco ✔️ Patreon: 🤍🤍patreon.com/einzelgangster ✔️ Bitcoin: 3HQnEz1LQ4G6dqN2LdZgzc7qoJjJCyWjTC (Donated BTC and want in the credits? Send me an email with the amount/address) 🎞️ Animations by Munkaa: 🤍🤍youtube.com/user/jus7y Purchase Stoicism for Inner Peace (affiliate links): 📘 Paperback: 🤍amzn.to/3wB9iHb 💻 Ebook: 🤍amzn.to/2RdjbKV Purchase Unoffendable (affiliate links): 📘 Paperback: 🤍amzn.to/2RJYfti 💻 Ebook: 🤍amzn.to/35e23a5 Merchandise: 🛍️ Shop: teespring.com/stores/einzelgangerstore 🛍️ Merchandise design by Punksthetic Art: 🤍🤍youtube.com/user/JRStoneart All music used is licensed and paid for. Creative Commons (attributions): Laozi (1): 🤍commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ping_Sien_Si_-_016_Lao_zi_(16135526115).jpg Laozi (2): 🤍commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Statue_of_Lao_Tzu_in_Quanzhou.jpg Laozi (3): 🤍commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Netsuke,_elderly_man_(51370482573).jpg Confucius (1): 🤍commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Confucian_Figures_-_Painting_of_Kongzi_by_Kan%C5%8D_Sansetsu.jpg China painting: 🤍commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MS-SchwarzlacktablettGoldeneLackmalereiLushan1595-03.JPG Zhuangzi: 🤍commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wang_Jianzhang_-_Solitary_Colors_of_the_Autumn_Woods_-_1972.68_-_Cleveland_Museum_of_Art.tif #TAOISM #WUWEI #LAOTZU 00:00 - Intro 02:05 - Wrestling with nature 05:19 - Acting for the act itself 07:57 - The uncarved block
when I let go, am patient and allow things to be I find the problem is solved in it’s own time with little interference, conflict, questions are answered and my assumptions were off or completely wrong. I find it’s best to allow my emotions to naturally subside so I don’t say something I’ll regret or ultimately make matters worse. It can be challenging but life will fix itself when we get out of it’s way. Thank you so so much for this.
I learned something about myself. That I can let go, not force myself with something’s and sometimes it may come.
The paradoxical thing about this is, with all the wisdom shared by Philosophers, Stoicism, and all other wise people, sometimes, it's also better to let go off everything you have learned from them. Don't focus too much about these things, keep them somewhere, let go of control of how to apply them. This will make it so you are not feeling forced to follow these principles and be left disappointed, because, as you know, if you force it, it wont happen. I guess this also what all the wisdom boils down to. Let it come naturally.
I am currently learning each day something new, and then I have the feeling I am forgetting things, that I am not progressing, but regressing. But even this means that you can analyze this feeling of stopping or regressing, and then grow from it. Letting go is truly difficult, but well worth it.
That which is not!
more older one get the more he believes there's fate. basically wuwei is letting fate guide your life.
Watch this video and compare how Dubai is exact opposite of this philosophy.
Hy I think Wu wei is concept related to being Equaminious , just like it is teached in vipassana and other Buddhist meditation being Equaminious is to not judge anything happening in your bodily sensation ...
g0rhN8U14dk&t=06m20s 06:20 preparation with negative result, g0rhN8U14dk&t=11m20s 11:20 preparation with positive result
g0rhN8U14dk&t=07m26s 07:26 unprepared with positive result, g0rhN8U14dk&t=10m36s 10:36 unprepared with negative result
g0rhN8U14dk&t=03m35s 03:35 things get done naturally, g0rhN8U14dk&t=03m53s 03:53 farmer have to interfere
wu wei still confusing for me
Thank you for your amazing work.
Are there any books I can read to learn more about this topic
Something I like to think about is having an ego with the strength of a bull, but tiny as a grain of sand. This is such that you may see the butterfly effects around you from time to time, often at your own doing, and chuckle to yourself, to remind you of your worth and power, even as you let yourself again go with the flow, and your focus is brought to others and the will of the universe.
Good video but this is against the Western idea of hardworking and determination.
"I Wana Wu Wei"
동양철학하는 사람들중에 제대로 된 인간이 있는줄 아세요?? 없어요... 동양철학, 종교에 관심갖고 위안삼으려는거 그거 나약한 찐따라서 그런겁니다... 서양찐따님들아 괜히 헛된 망상 정신승리같은거 하지마시고 운동이나 더 열심히 하세요..
Thanks for sharing god bless you
Funny. I guess science wasn't advanced enough for him to gene-mod the plants to grow faster.
The last example used in this video is a very poor example indeed. There were multiple contradictions in this video that made it difficult to understand how one acts within a state of inaction. It sounds like you’re convincing people to not have any real goals, particularly if those goals question power. In the current age, we need people to question authority. The way this philosophy is positioned sounds like it’s being framed by authority to disenfranchise their people into inaction. Missed mark, 100%. You don’t fully understand this philosophy, and it shows to anyone who has actually studied.
that was really inspiring and adding things to what i had already found in Alan Watts videos about Wu Wei ... i could say all my life can be described as a long story full of obstacles that in a way i myself put ... along the way ... especially with - let's be honest with women ... i was obsessed by impress and being liked at all costs ...