Taoist Musings: The Hermit’s Good Will

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Mister Tao, grant me the Good Will, my duties being nothing but to wander over the Ecuadorian hills. A recession from civil life, urbane life, is what I am pondering, and naturally, the question is what will I be squandering. Perhaps some dark chocolate and a nickel, and if this be the lost, my reasons best not be fickle. Yet my reason is my duty, to be a hermit, so the life I lead unduly ought to change so that nature and I may harmonize truly. This is hermitage from hermeneutics, homelessness by Zhuangzi. This is me leaving for one of the five sacred Taoist mountains, and without knowing any Chinese, finding my way to the hermit’s wisdom-spouting fountain. This sole duty of mine I must fulfill, lest, the Tao forbid, society traps me and takes my Good Will.


A sorely deliberate pace is all I can muster, reader, but the next musing of Tao Practiced will be smoothed to a luster.


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Le Ho

I am currently a law student at the University of North Carolina Law School. As an undergraduate, I boxed for Carolina and earned its first men's national championship title.

6 thoughts on “Taoist Musings: The Hermit’s Good Will”

    1. I like your name; it matches your comment. A hermitage seems to have significant challenges but so does living normatively, and however one sees the difference in practicality, hermits (or just taoist hermits) have going for them “free and easy wandering,” in its most idyllic sense. You might find our post about homelessness less questionable, since this is just a musing.

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      1. My comment was not a criticism, but just a light hearted reminder of the possible difficulties. Actually I am quite sympathetic to Tao philosophy.
        As you are interested in philosophy, may I ask what you think of my post:
        What exists and what is perceived to exist in logicandmysticism.wordpress.com


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