Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-12 Straight = Bent

Today's Tao

He is straight, but doesn't extend himself. (Ch.58)

You are "straight", but, please remember, being straight in Taoism is being bent.

Can you see the irony of Lao Tzu here?

The sage is straight and square, but doesn't extend himself to influence others.

Because he knows very well that straightness only exist in his mind, and the rest of the world is his extended self.

Don't doubt that you are always right.

After all, your own self and extended self are part of the hologram.

Uh, do you still want to convince others?

Who are "others"?

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Tao answers your question!

Utagawa Kuniyoshi's «Taiheiki Eiyuden» is an excellent collection of Samurai prints. The title is roughly translated as "Heroes of the Grand Pacification". ☞Astro Boy / Atomu by Osamu Tezuka is a true hero in the peaceful period in Japan. He fights for human beings and suffers from segregation by them.

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