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                                          The comparative perception of beauty
                                                         is essentially cruel.
                                        The Taoist sage does not differentiate
                                          between the beautiful and the ugly.
                                                         Beauty is beautiful
                                                      when it emanates from

                                                                                         -- Jos Stabbert
                                                                                        The Tao Is Tao (119)
To be posted tomorrow on daily_tao.

But in Western societies, the feeble attempt by some of us
to treat all  people as equals
is met with scorn by most of us
who see such effors as creating
a generation of whiners and entitlement seekers
who are bringing  our once great countries to ruin.

But we do not consider the consequences
of not treating all people as equals:
conflict, hatred, suffering, and angst.

Yes, the comparative perception of beauty is cruel.
and the comparative perception of people is cruel.
and cruelty begets cruelty.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 18th, 2016 12:35 pm (UTC)
I like the think of your last stanza.

Today's exercise for me: Think of Dick Cheney as beloved in divine understanding, just as Gabby Douglas is.
Aug. 25th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
Dianne used to say: "God loves Richard Nixon."
Aug. 25th, 2016 02:22 am (UTC)
But of course!
Aug. 18th, 2016 03:56 pm (UTC)
This is a good one for contemplation, right in line with a discussion forum I visited earlier today that really disturbed me. These women were ganging up on obese women and at first they tried to cloak their vitriol behind a pseudo-caring mask of saying "It's bad for your health and well-being to be so overweight," which quickly degenerated into very hateful, snide remarks about fat women smelling bad, what a turn-off they must be to their husbands or significant others, how they drive up health care costs for everyone else, how disgusting they are, etc. I am far from perfect, and my own weight is considered 'obese' as I've packed on the pounds since my son died, so maybe I was viewing their remarks from a less than svelte viewpoint myself; but I just couldn't deal with the ugliness on that forum. I said something to the effect of obese people being unlucky enough for their 'issues' to be more visible in the form of their bodily appearance and that, while most of the women attacking them might be better able to cloak or hide THEIR inner issues and personality problems, they still have them and are no better than the women they are ridiculing. I was told to stop being sanctimonious and holier than thou and when I asked then why are the most hateful ones on there only posting as anonymous rather than owning up to their true identities, I got no answer. I then wrote that the very fact that they used 'anonymous' to post such hateful things only proved my point that they have to hide their own issues and if a bright light was aimed at their own imperfections they would all scatter like rats into a woodpile. It's the worst form of cowardice and mob mentality and bullying to gang up on fellow humans and hide behind anonymity, but at some point their inner being WILL display itself for all to see; you can run but ultimately you can't hide. And the violent antipathy to those who are different or unhealthy or old or lacking in any way society deems unacceptable makes me almost despair sometimes for the fate of humanity; I include my own failings in that, as just this morning I completely lost my composure with my autistic daughter after she kept me up last night till after 1 am having meltdowns and started it right up again this morn. Instead of staying calm and empathetic and practicing loving-kindness I blew up at her and yelled and put her in her room; then I felt like a hypocrite for my diatribe against those fat-shaming women when I can't even keep my cool around my own daughter, sigh. Being a human is just so hard sometimes, especially stuck inside these separate bodies and brains as we are in this corporeal form. If they're meant to teach us so we can somehow, some day, be truly united, then boy is it a tough education.
Aug. 25th, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
However thin they might be, these women seem much outside their class when it comes to being judgmental.
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Aug. 25th, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
If i gaze into the abyss,
the abyss will gaze into me;
but wasn't that the purpose
of my stare?
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