January 9th, 2011

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 55 - Virtue is Natural

He who is filled with Virtue is like a newborn child.
Wasps and serpents will not sting him;
Wild beasts will not pounce upon him;
He will not be attacked by birds of prey.
His bones are soft, his muscles weak,
But his grip is firm.
He has not experienced the union of man and woman, but is whole.
His manhood is strong.
He screams all day without becoming hoarse.
This is perfect harmony.

Knowing harmony is constancy.
Knowing constancy is enlightenment.

It is not wise to rush about.
Controlling the breath causes strain.
If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows.
This is not the way of Tao.
Whatever is contrary to Tao will not last long.

Daily Tao - November 7th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Workin' for a livin'

What would you consider the worst job in the world, and why?

Holding elected office in a large democracy.  It would corrupt my soul!!  I would be better off working in a sewer, or a felt hat factory.  The higher the office and the larger the country the worse the job.  Worst would be Prime Minister of India.  Second worst would be President of the United States of America.  Jimmy Carter seems to have done alright, but i wouldn't want to risk it.