February 4th, 2011

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 80 - "Let There be a Little Country with Few People"


A small country has fewer people.
Though there are machines that can work ten to a hundred times faster than man, they are not needed.
The people take death seriously and do not travel far.
Though they have boats and carriages, no one uses them.
Though they have armor and weapons, no one displays them.
Men return to the knotting of rope in place of writing.
Their food is plain and good, their clothes fine but simple, their homes secure;
They are happy in their ways.
Though they live within sight of their neighbors,
And crowing cocks and barking dogs are heard across the way,
Yet they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die.

Daily Tao - December 2nd, 2009

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Meme: "God and the World" Question 7 Death is....

(Questions 4 through 6 were addressed in a previous entry)

Question 7.  Death is....?
Death is an event in life; probably the final event, but who knows?
Death is coming to me soon, possibly today, probably in the next ten years, almost certainly in the next 20.
Rumi wrote that when he dies he will fly with the angels and when he dies to the angels?  What adventures will follow!
When i die, the parts of me will decompose and become parts of other things and beings.
Will anything be left over? I don't know.

Question 8. How do you picture the end of the World?  This planet?    In about ten billion years, the sun is supposed to die, taking the solar system with it,  The world as i know it?  I picture it changing.  When will it have changed enough to be gone and replaced by another?   Perhaps it has already happened.  It is said that a modern Rip Van Winkle would go instantly insane when he woke up.  I remember this being said
about fifty years ago and old Rip only slept for twenty.  By that calculation, the world as i knew it has already ended three times.