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November 16th, 2010

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 1: A Meditation

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and Earth.
The named is the mother of the ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one sees the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.

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Daily Tao

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Under heaven all can see beauty as beauty only because there is ugliness.
All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not possessing.
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.

Daily Tao - 2

Meditation (or essay, or rant, however it turns out...Collapse )

Stephen Mitchell quotes: "When people see some things as good, other things become bad."
Ursula Le Guin tittles this chapter "Soul Food" (which it is.)

Writer's Block: Cause or symptom?

Do you believe that violence in media promotes violence in real life? Does media reflect cultural values or can it actively reshape them?

Violent media* is both effect and cause of a violent society. a violence oriented culture, and most individual violent behavior.
We human beings, along with other primates are capable of violence, but, in our natural state, are not inclined toward it.
The problem is, most of us are no where near our natural state, and media (literary and electronic) is cause and consequence of
our separation from nature.  Violence is particularly part and parcel of contemporary Western society, and we would deal better
with it if we acknowledged that fact instead of worrying about "sub cultures of violence," or "terrorists" or other specific threats.
That is like worrying about a paper cut while floating in an ocean of blood.

*Perhaps not only violent media but all television, video games, books, etc. are implicated.  As McCluen argued: "The media IS the message."



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