This darkness cannot go on forever because the pendulum always swings back to the opposite direction
Imagine you are looking at a pendulum in its resting position. Pulled by gravity, it hangs straight down. Say you decide that it should be moved to the right, so you pull it. You cannot hold it there forever, and eventually let go. Now it swings directly to the opposite direction and then goes back and forth for a while. If left alone, it ultimately settles right back into its natural position. Your interference had no lasting effect.
The same is true about splashing water in a lake to make waves. Eventually the waves settle, and your splash had no lasting impact. All doing that is directed at an intended result is powerless in eternity. Our attempts to change people or to change the world will only bring about wild swings, waves, and meaningless dramas with no predictable outcome or lasting impact.
When governments pass laws to change our behavior, the people obey for a while then eventually do the opposite. The same is true when we try to change our partners, our friends, or children. Sadly, we never quite reach the resting position because there are always more foolish attempts to interfere.
The Tao Te Ching teaches us not only about God—the unmanifested from which all things are born and to which all things return. It also teaches us about harmony and balance. Wisdom means letting things be and accepting what is because we know that it is not possible for us to change anything anyway. If we were to live in a world where nobody tried to manipulate and control, where no government or institution interferes with anyone’s freedom, then we would live in truth. All would be right and real—in the resting position.
Thousands of years of constant interference. Where has it gotten us? We possess no true power to change nature’s perfect balance. We are as we are, and it is as it is. Let it be, and allow doing to flow from inspiration rather than an ambition to change anything. We continue tomorrow and each day after that.