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August 7, 2012

Old Hat

It is easy to become trapped in the old hat, to become the old guard, see things with old eyes, reason with an old mind. Often, the expert succumbs to this. He has seen so much, he decides before all the facts are in. He forms perceptions before all is clear. The beginner has a fresh look. His mind is open like a parachute. He is open to all possibilities. He is curious, thus he makes no haste in forming a conclusion. He considers all viewpoints and directions. It is very difficult to maintain such an outlook, but he who is one with the Dao takes nothing for granted so he is careful with his observations. There is always the unexpected.