The Need to Win By Chuang Tzu: Reading and Meditation

August 20, 2020  • Todd Breyfogle

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The Need to Win, Chuang Tzu


The need to win bends us towards excellence, but it also gets in the way. At what point does the balance tip from determination to misplaced attachment? The prize divides us; the drive to success sends the champion archer’s arrow astray. Success and excellence are two different targets, though they seem to resemble one another when viewed from afar. Chuang Tzu counsels us to remain focused on the true prize, which may mean not to be conscious of the prize at all. What’s a prize that’s dividing you? What drain in power might be restored if you turn your attention from the false target to the true?

Todd Breyfogle, Denver, Colorado

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