To discover one point and extend it infinitely, to comprehend the whole universe in one totality – this is called consciousness. To know the branch on seeing the root, spot the target on seeing the pointing finger, hold to oneness and thus respond to multiplicity, grasp the essential and thus govern the particular – this is called art. To live by what wisdom means, go where wisdom goes, work for what wisdom holds, and act on when wisdom proceeds – this is called the Way.
from the Huainanzi, a 2nd century B.C. compendium of Taoist wisdom