There may be times when
we think the Dao is incipient. But like a traveler who makes his way across the
desert and experiences ‘visions’, this too is just a mirage. That large body of
water that looks so inviting inevitably disappears when we draw closer to it. As
much as we would like to lock in on the Dao, to get our hands around it, to sit
with it late into the wee hours buying it drinks in our favorite bar, it is impossible.
Just when we think we have the puzzle figured out, something comes along and
throws them up into the air and we have to start all over. When we think we
have a good sketch of it, the shape is defined, the features change and we
couldn’t be more wrong. The Dao doesn’t stand still.