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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.

I thought about these two quotes and how well they fit me if i only substitute American for Pakistani and Christian for Muslim.Read more...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)

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