May 13th, 2012

Daily Tao - 1

If you can talk about it,
it ain't Tao.
If it has a name,
it's just another thing.

Tao doesn't have a name.
Names are for ordinary things.

Stop wanting stuff;
it keeps you from seeing what's real.
When you want stuff,
all you see are things.

Those two sentences
mean the same thing.
Figure them out,
and you've got it made.

Tao Te Ching. Chapter 1 (the Beatrice Tao, Ron Hogan.)

Daily Tao - 1

Personal Dispatch From USAISTAN

This morning's newspaper contained a review of Pamela Constable Random's book:Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself.
The review included the following quotes:

         " ...(M)any Pakistanis feel they have no power.
         They see the trappings of representative democracy
          but little tangible evidence of its working in their lives."

         (While Pakistan is not a theocracy
         competing versions of Islam play a central
         and divisive role in the lives of the people.)
         "Its citizens receive a barrage of confused messages
         about what it means to be a Muslim.

Collapse )

We are being bombarded by pre-primary electioneering pamphlets.  Democrats are apologizing for being democratic while Republicans seem to be telling me that i should be happy if i get to keep my guns and hate homosexuals.  One candidate stands for "Limited Values and Family Government"  Oh, wait, i'm sorry, that's Limited Government and Family Values * (but then in practice its hard to tell one from the other.)

* (or perhaps its Limited Family and Government Values, i really can't remember)