Tao 22

Submit and transcend, And divergence becomes patterned, Empty becomes potential, Used becomes renewed, Basic becomes foundation, Complexity becomes confusion. The sage embraces what is rather than what should be and we would do well to mimic this. We see their wisdom though they do not display it. We respect them without them having to tell … Continue reading

Us Now

As we tend to mention on this site quite frequently, modern communications are altering our ways of life in a variety of incredible ways. One thing we always try to focus on when we talk about this stuff is how new all this stuff is. In the grand scheme of things, all this wonderful, technological … Continue reading

The self-organizing system: An example

At a very blatant level, a level of details and specifics and focus, this video is about an innovative new way of education.  At a broader level h0wever, one that is concerned with looking for grand, over-arching patterns, the ideas here give insight into the potential for self-organizing systems. Sugata Mitra shows by example a … Continue reading

Tao 21

To be virtuous is to align one’s self with Tao. The mysterious, obscured nature of Tao prevents us from knowing it completely. While we can’t know it completely, its manifestations are all around us. These manifestations, rooted in the great mystery, are our means of testing and trusting Tao. Though it has been called many … Continue reading

The Whiny Sage: A Note on the Translation of Tao 20

While we ended up being fairly happy with our translation of Chapter 20 of the Tao Te Ching, there were a few issues of interpretation that seem to be worth mentioning. Chapter 20 is pretty unique when compared to most other chapters. It is written in the first person and, at least in the three … Continue reading

J.J. Abrams’ Mystery Box, the Blank Page, the Uncarved Block

Below is a TED talk by J.J. Abrams, the creator of Lost and Cloverfield. While I was watching it, I was struck by the similarities between his “mystery box” and the uncarved block. This small similarity isn’t necessarily a good enough reason to watch this 20-minute video, but it’s pretty entertaining and there’s some great … Continue reading

Tao 20

The difference between yes and no, good and evil, is unclear to me. Am I wrong to not automatically accept the opinions of others as my own? That seems like a silly thing to do. Other folks seem content to go happily about their business: feasting on holidays and relaxing on the weekends. It seems … Continue reading

A Definition of Anarchism

Anarchism is one of the most consistently misunderstood words in the English language. Even amongst those who would claim it as their guiding philosophy, there is much argument over what it actually is. To put it a little too simplistically, there are two ways of understanding Anarchism. The first — which is by far the … Continue reading

A tentative first step: Tao and Anarchism

In our translational discussions of the Tao Te Ching, we often find ourselves on the topic of Anarchism. Anarchism and Anarchy are some of the most loaded words around, so we would recommend that anyone whose blood pressure is already rising at their mere mention should take an immediate look at our ever-evolving definition of … Continue reading

Science, Religion, and the Over-valuing of Words: A letter to two friends.

By John Dave, the other day you were mentioning how you felt a little uncomfortable with Eckhart Tolle’s term, ‘pain-body’ and it reminded me of my own struggles with Tolle. I can’t remember if I mentioned this or not, but in the past, I’ve felt the same unease about said term and even occasionally at … Continue reading