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22.1 Be tactful and you remain whole; bend and you remain straight. The hollow is filled, the old is renewed. Economy is gain, excess is confusion..
22.2 Therefore sages embrace unity as model for the world.
22.3 Not seeing themselves, they are therefore clear. Not asserting themselves, they are therefore outstanding. Not congratulating themselves, they are therefore meritorious. Not taking pride in themselves, they last long.
22.4 It is just because they do not contend that no one in the world can contend with them.
22.5 Is it empty talk, the old saying that tact keeps you whole? When truthfulness is complete, it still resorts to this.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation


                       Better than a meaningless story
                            of a thousand words
                       is a single word of deep meaning
                       which, when heard, produces peace.
                                 -- The Dhammapada

Though Chapter 22 is about much more than that, my attention, yesterday, was drawn to the Path of "Right Speech."
In a recent post i used words which did not produce peace in all who read them; thus my "truthfulness" was not "complete."

A recent crossword puzzle featured a John Wayne quote: "Talk low, talk slow, and don't say top much."  I tend to talk loud, fast, and way too much.

"Right speech" requires more than truth;  to be "complete" it must also be kind, useful, beneficial and necessary.

Prayer:  Holy Loving: "Guide the words of my mouth."  Let my speech bring peace to any who might hear me.  Let my words bring truth, kindness, beauty and help.  Close my mouth against too much talk.  Amen



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Jan. 25th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
I contemplate your words. I love your prayer, and I pause.

Right speech and peace. Do we learn from disturbance too?

What brings response, and change?
Jan. 25th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
Good questions! I have only been changed by argument on one
occasion. I think it was because i was in love with the arguer rather then persuaded by her argument. My other changes have been slow, quiet, and most of the pain was internal. Nobody sees these changes until one day someone says: "I think Dianne must have killed Bob and replaced him with a clone." Because no one can see them, even me, no one can take credit for them, especially me.

On a wider scale, i think that the difference between peaceful and violent change is very hard to assess. The results of violent change is immediate. But it touches the emotions of a people, but not their hearts, Peaceful change is slow, hard to process, and leaves a disproportionate number of dead among those seeking change. But i think the result, in the end, is more likely to be real change.

I am also reminded that conflict is not always violent and that competition is far more likely to lead to violence than conflict is. (and conflict is more likely to lead to change than competition is -- in fact competition is the least likely of "social processes" to accomplish genuine change. Cooperation and Conflict are both more successful.

Edited at 2013-01-25 10:28 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
Beautifully said, and funny, too. :-)

I request the patience to wait for, honor and ingest peaceful change.

Thank you for your reply.
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