Chapter X – Part 10

Bagua 7.

$ Children. I decidedly don’t want to have any.

$ Tell me more about your decisiveness.

$ There are people who were born without the gene for paternal instinct and I am just one of them. I don’t enjoy the children’s company. I don’t like playing with them. I avoid going to parties with whole families because everybody think their kids are the cat’s whiskers. Once I invited people for a posh dinner. One couple come 3 hours late and say as if nothing had happened: we didn’t want to wake the baby up. I dropped a hint I had been expecting a message or a phone call because we had an appointment. And do you know what they answered? Of course, if we hadn’t been able to come, we would have called you.

$ Children come to our world and everything gets out of control.

$ Our planet is overpopulated, anyway. I do Mother Earth a favor if I don’t multiply.

$ Apart from children, bagua 7 is about future projects, plans, creativity, travels, art.

$ Traveling fascinates me.

$ Where would you like to go?

$ Egypt, Turkey, India, China, Brazil, vestiges of the Mayas, Incas, Aztecs. Learning tango in Buenos Aires. The list is endless.

$ What do you find so attractive in traveling?

$ I can get away from the everyday routine. I can observe how people live in other parts of the world, learn something from them, change my mind, realize something.

$ Listen to Lao-tzu: “Without going outside his door, one understands (all that takes place) under the sky; without looking out from his window, one sees the Tao of Heaven. The farther that one goes out (from himself), the less he knows. Therefore the sages got their knowledge without traveling; gave their (right) names to things without seeing them; and accomplished their ends without any purpose of doing so.”

$ This is not my level yet. I still need to travel to get my knowledge.

$ How did Lao-tzu do that, in your opinion?

$ He knew that it didn’t matter where he was and what he did. What is important is who you are because the circumstances you create and people you attract depend on who you are. Consequently, you choose to do certain things, refuse to do other things and change places accordingly.

$ I can’t agree more.

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