The law of unanticipated consequences is a predictable outcome of Wu Wei. Letting nature take her course assumes if one relaxes and lets life flow unimpeded, the Universe will balance. There is an elegance to this assumption. Yet the results may be unexpected.
What after all, is harmony? Is harmony neat and clean? Does the garden you don’t care for grow brighter flowers? Does harmony clean up dust bunnies, find places for the million of things that fill our lives, the things Shirley Jackson refers to as “The little wheels off things.”
It’s such a lovely thought … but while nature running rampant may be beautiful, it also consists of weeds that choke the flowers … and in our homes, as an endless accumulation of the little wheels off things … and some not so little wheels off things.