December 10th, 2010

Tao Te Ching, Chaoter 24- A Meditation on Ego

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.
According to followers of the Tao, "These are extra food and unnecessary luggage."
They do not bring happiness.
therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.

Daily Tao - October 7th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Didn't see it coming

What has been the most surprising cultural event of 2010?

The Tea Party Movement and Republican Congressional victories in the U.S.

Look, i recognize that after every election, half the population, and sometimes more, is going to be disappointed.
I also recognize the world and the U.S. are going through some difficult times, politically, economically, socially, & morally,
I also know that loud voices, no matter how irrational, will be heard; while soft voices, no matter how reasonable, will be ignored.

But i did not think we were this crazy.
I did not think we would allow ourselves to destroy the country just to prove that a Black president can't govern.
I did not know the limits to which the right wing might take its fear and anger.
And i am,shocked and appalled and very, very pessimistic.

I don't know whether i have become wiser or other Americans
(i refuse to call them "my fellow Americans" at this point)
have become more ignorant, more fearful, more blatantly selfish, or more evil.
I am saddened.
I am a student of U.S. history, and i thought i was shockproof.
I'm not.

Li-Young Lee: Praise Them

The birds don't alter space.
They reveal it. The sky
never fills with any
leftover flying. They leave
nothing to trace. It is our own
astonishment collects
in chill air. Be glad.
Li-Young Lee: Praise Them

Li-Young Lee is probably a Christian, and his poetry is classified as secular.
The message and tone here is as Taoist as i have seen.

Take any two line fragment of the above fragment.
It is Haiku

Look at the whole poem
It is truth
Daoist, Buddhist, secular, Judea-Christian-Islamic truth