Rather than fight fire with fire, use water. When treated unintelligently by someone else, let’s say by rude or childish insults, we should respond intelligently, let’s say by not responding with similarly childish insults. I am a large person, 6′ 2″ and 220 lbs. I commute in a big city and used to be confused when opposing pedestrian traffic would take up more than their share of the walkway, heading right towards me, apparently bracing for a collision.
It could be a commentary on how blending in, or being one with your surroundings is heroic, or noble. It could just be an observation. Then we think, how does he hide himself in his own figure? Is he so large that he dominates the landscape? Is he so small that he disappears against the vast background?
This is very similar to the quote regarding being one with the ten thousand things. Looking within, and looking without, it is the same. Zooming in and zooming out, we see phenomena, chaos becomes ordered and mathematical, math becomes chaos. It is the same, it is not two different things, it is more like two sides to the same thing.
Have you ever heard that a smile is contagious? Try it today, smile at people you know, and at strangers. Do not stare, do not give them a creepy stalker smile, just a nice, brief, pleasant, natural smile, and even if they don’t smile back, they will remember. They will likely be in a better mood, smile at others, and it will affect a great many people.
We can learn to listen to our bodies, which will help our minds, and vice versa. What we do to one thing affects another. This is why our lives all matter, as what we do in life affects others, no matter if we understand that or not.