WUWEI is a two-character Chinese phrase:
WU --- Nothingness.
WEI --- Anticipation.
A common translation of WUWEI is: Non-action.
(although it is often misinterpreted as "No action")
My interpretation of WUWEI is "Be neutral"
---A state of non-desire and non-intent.
WUWEI is the core concept of Taoist philosophy, which was first promoted by Lao-Tzu 2,500
years ago in his well-known Classic: "Tao Teh Ching."
"In pursuing knowledge, one accumulates daily.
In practicing Tao, one loses desires daily.
Lose and lose and lose (desires), until one reaches Non-action.
Non-action, yet prepared for all actions.
To manage the world one should not interfere with natural law.
If one always anticipates his desires, one will not be able to lead the world."
WUWEI is not "incompetent" (unable to act) or "unknowledgeable "
(don't know how to act). Rather, it is "knowing what to act, how to act,
and why to act but having no desire & intent to act." Since one's desire
motivates action, if one can constantly keep his/her mind at a neutralized state,
then there will be no question of "to act or not to act."
To be contented is noble, but to be
passive does not enable one to benefit the society.