December 5th, 2011

Taoism - Stan Rosenthal's Tao Te Ching - Translation


By retaining his humility,
the talented person who is also wise,
reduces rivalry.

The person who possesses many things,
but does not boast of his possessions,
reduces temptation, and reduces stealing.

Those who are jealous of the skills or things
possessed by others,
most easily themselves become possessed by envy.

Satisfied with his possessions,
the sage eliminates the need to steal;
at one with the Tao,
he remains free of envy,
and has no need of titles.

By being supple, he retains his energy.
He minimizes his desires,
and does not train himself in guile,
nor subtle words of praise.
By not contriving, he retains
the harmony of his inner world,
and so remains at peace within himself.

It is for reasons such as these,
that an administration
which iᇘŮco￿￿er��d<�� /ା with the welfare of those it serves,
does not encourage status
and titles to be sought,
nor encourage rivalry.

Ensuring a sufficiency for all,
helps in reducing discontent.

Administrators who are wise
do not seek honours for themselves,
nor actᇘŮit￿￿gu��e<�� /ା towards the ones they serve.

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Zen Policing

The old duality is simple, and it may be comforting, but it’s wrong. We need to find a new, more complicated logic, and we have. It’s a logic that says no amount of law enforcement will ever work, that law enforcement as we’ve been practicing it is part of the problem. It’s a logic that says no amount of traditional social investment will ever work. It’s a logic that says, someone can be doing terrible things and still be a victim; someone can have done wrong and still deserve help; someone can have been the victim of history and neglect and it’s still right to demand that they stop hurting people. Not even remotely radical ideas: a good parent says, all the time, You’ve broken the rules, and I’m going to do something about it, and I love you and of course I will continue to care for you and hold you close. But radical when it comes to talking about crime, where commitment to accountability seems to crowd out room for caring, and commitment to caring seems to crowd out room for accountability.

It’s a logic that says, especially, none of us is without sin here. We have all created this. We cannot look at anybody else, any of the other communities involved—the cops, the neighborhoods, the street guys—and say, You change!

'God, It's Got to Stop' - The Daily Beast

Another wait in a medical waiting room, another chance to read a magazine i don't usually get to read.  Today it was the October3 2011 issue of Newsweek with an article by David Kennedy who is claiming rather remarkable success at reducing in gang related homicide in inner city areas.  One phrase in particular jumped out at me "...commitment to accountability seems to crowd out room for caring, and commitment to caring seems to crowd out room for accountability,"

Sometimes, i think that the few of us who care without asking for accountability are necessary to try to balance out the many who demand commitment without seeming to care about the people they make demands on.  But psychological balance cannot be produced on the community level, it must happen for the individual.