In a sense, isn’t it true that this is what everybody is doing: watching? Watching closely. Watching TV, watching the Internet, watching the newspapers, watching the radio—tuning in to the experts, the pundits, the politicians. We’re all so busy watching—is anybody doing anything? It’s easy to watch; it’s much more difficult to do.
The footnote to that first line, “When I took the city of Jinling with an army troop, I killed countless people,” is “To kill and destroy is easy. To affirm life and nourish is difficult.” And the footnote to the next line, “Am I at fault?” is “Cause and effect are one. How can you not know I am at fault?’” Xixian said, “I am watching closely.” The comment to that line says, “Stop watching and close the gap. Then there won’t be anything to protect.” When there is no separation, there’s no self, there’s no separate entity.