“It would be better doing nothing than to interfere with the system of relations that exist.” – Alan Watts
Wu wei emerged in the Spring and Autumn period to become an important concept in both Taoism and Chinese statecraft.
It is the ‘ultimate energy of the universe’ and ‘the drift of nature’.
“There is something, chaotic yet complete, which existed before Heaven and Earth. Oh, how still it is, and formless, standing alone without changing, reaching everywhere without suffering harm! It must be regarded as the Mother of the Universe. Its name I know not. To designate it, I call it Tao. Endeavouring to describe it, I call it Great.”
-Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching