What a great statement(s)! So many cogent remarks it’s impossible to have one coherent response. The Tao– oh yes! Poetry and paradox… lovely.
And we should tell friend Tom about the macrocycles implicit in Hinduism (the yugas, four making up a kalpa, after which it all collapses and starts over), closest approximation any religion offers to the Big Bang concepts. It may also be the only recognition of cycles in organized religion, which often seems to believe in linear progress.
Thanks for a most challenging post. I’ll be back to consider it in more detail.