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The Opposite of Civilization

It is a durable, ubiquitous, specious metaphor, that one about veneer (or paint, or pliofilm, or whatever)hiding the nobler reality beneath. It can conceal a dozen fallacies at once. One of the most dangerous is the implication that civilization, being artificial, … Continue reading

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Quotes from the Tao Te Ching #5

81    Telling It True True words aren’t charming, charming words aren’t true. Good people aren’t contentious, contentious people aren’t good. People who know aren’t learned, Learned people don’t know.   Wise souls don’t hoard; the more they do for … Continue reading

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Quotes from the Tao Te Ching #4

80       Freedom Let there be a little country without many people. Let them have tools that do the work of ten or a hundred, and never use them. Let them be mindful of death and disinclined to long … Continue reading

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Quotes from the Tao Te Ching #3

75 Greed People are starving.  The Rich gobble taxes, That’s why the people are starving.   People rebel.  The rich oppress them, that’s why the people rebel.   People hold life too cheap. The rich make it too costly, that … Continue reading

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Quotes from the Tao Te Ching #2

From: #67 Three Treasures: I have three treasures, I keep and treasure them. The first, mercy, the second, moderation,  the third, modesty. If you’re merciful you can be brave, If you’re moderate you can be generous, and if you don’t … Continue reading

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Quotes From The Tao Te Ching #1

17 Acting Simply True leaders are hardly known to their followers.  Next after them are the leaders the people know and admire; after them, those they fear; after them, those they despise.   To give trust is to get trust. … Continue reading

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A Little Bit into Christmas

Giver of Stars Hold your soul open for my welcoming. Let the quiet of your spirit bathe me With its clear and rippled coolness, That, loose-limbed and weary, I find rest, Outstretched upon your peace, as on a bed of … Continue reading

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