The Slippery Slope Of Small Excess
Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.
The experience we now focus on is represented by
the sixty-first Hexagram – Sincerity, expressing
self-awareness. This is not simplicity.
Awareness of oneself can only develop in harmony
with awareness of others, and to expect everything
and nothing of everyone other than self, but,
to expect from self the best that we have; that
And so, it makes sense that Sincerity follows
Discipline. Self-discipline is a necessary
prerequisite to a satisfied mind.
But, why does Sincerity lead to Small Excess
What is small excess?
Brown sugar on my porridge.
Why is it so?
It’s not a nutritional necessity.
Then why do you do it?
A teaspoon of brown sugar seems to give
my cereal a more appealing taste.
Then, simple personal pleasures are acceptable
forms of small excess?
Yes, until they become more than just a simple
Wouldn’t simple pleasures be different things
to different people?
How is that possible?
If I am used to a simple lifestyle, then
a small excess of whatever would not greatly
change my simple life.
But if I already enjoyed …
Would you enjoy more?
Enough is enough.
And more than enough is excess?
But, many never seem to get enough.
Yes, and some never seem satisfied with
however much of whatever they get.
Perhaps it’s in human nature to always
want a little more than we have of
whatever we seem to need.
Or to do or be.
Yes, our energy moves our mind in
whatever direction our mind desires to go.
You slipped in the word, desire.
Anything we desire for our own pleasure
is excess; small or large, or somewhere
Then, small excess is as a direction –
as in going down the wrong road?
Or as a slippery slope.
Just a teaspoon of sugar can do that?
Yes, quantity is only a variable of
Yes. Anything unnecessary to life
can become an addiction.
I’ll accept the risk.
And also accept responsibility for
any and all consequences?