Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-14 Square without corners
Big's square has no corners. (Ch.40)
I wonder why human beings adore squares and straight lines.
We even want to go straight to the point.
We avoid a man who is not square.
We cannot really blame Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his Domino System for this human propensity.
But we have to know that a seemingly square object has no corners in reality.
A square is a holographic image projected in your mind.
Be round instead of square.
-High samurai 40-1
-Samurai in doubt 40-2
-Laughable Tao 40-3
-If not laughable 40-4
-Chien yen? 40-5
-Evident = Vague 40-6
-Advance = Retreat 40-7
-Smooth = Tangled 40-8
-Highest attainment = Valley 40-9
-White = Black 40-13
-Square without corners 40-14
-No completion 40-15
-No voice 40-16
-No form 40-17
-Hidden with no name 40-18
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 40
Tao answers your question!
-"If one works on intelligence, a corner stands out. If one sticks a pole in sentiment, he will be swept away." I translated the sentences word by word. This is Soseki Natsume's well-known expression in «Kusamakura / a grass pillow». When "a corner stands out", it is not good at all in Japan. Being square is not necessarily considered useful in the life of the floating world.