To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Tao of Stealing

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences along with these instructions.

[stolen from Battlecat ... apparently it is not 'passing it on' - it is just plain thievery...I've no idea why...]

My results...

Well, I found the instructions a little ambiguous - am I supposed to print the fifth, sixth, and seventh sentences, or the ("next three sentences") sixth, seventh, and eighth?

Anyway, if it is the latter, which is how it reads to me, then the results are as follows:

"Arrogance will lose friends, gain enemies, and undermine the foundation of our achievements. Similarly, many have frittered away both their gains and their support through the self-indulgent pursuit of luxuries.

In contrast, remaining humble and generous in the midst of plenty allows for continous growth and increased respect."
I Ching Workbook, Roger Green.

Yes, well ... very true ... very, very true ...

"Frittered away" is a funny turn of phrase really - I don't know about the rest of the world, but here in 'stralia, a you make a fritter out of something by deep frying it in batter (i.e. banana fritter, pineapple fritter, potato fritter).

So if one were to 'fritter away their gains and support' - does this mean they deep fry their money and loved ones?

.... apologies for the crap line of humour, I have been at work today, feel a little, you know - CRRrrrrAAAaaaZZZaaaYYY!!! yOU dIIIIIG?

Anyway, that's ten good minutes wasted, catch ya next time.....


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