The Barcelona forward’s pair of decisive feints against Spurs highlighted a dying art in an increasingly processed sport
In Chinese philosophy there is something called Wu Wei. This involves doing things by not doing things, becoming like the bamboo in the field, passive and indolent, living without resistance. Not the kind of passive you’re thinking about. Not passive in the sense of lying on the sofa watching the Test match with the curtains drawn for so long that when you get up to answer the doorbell both your legs have gone to sleep and you fall flat on the carpet in a mess of biscuit crumbs and existential angst.
No, not that kind of passive at all. In Wu Wei to be idle is to be alert and toned and clean-shaven. To be passive to be a part of the world around you, knitted into its currents, a master of human affairs by remaining both within and apart from them. And yes, Wu Wei does sound quite complicated.