Stability born of force is not order… (Video translation of Chapter 3)

As some of you may know, we have a long-term goal to have each of the 81 chapters of our translation of the Tao Te Ching read by a different voice. (If you would like to be one of the voices, follow this link…) This reading was graciously donated by Karen, and features ants carrying … Continue reading

Humour and the Tao

Despite its simplicity, the philosophy of the Lao Tzu can often come across as strange, the meanings elusive and the tone serious. Especially as pertains to the tone, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, as we here at nothingjustis dig deeper and deeper into the Tao, the more we realize, not only … Continue reading

“Maybe we won.”

The Wire is filled with metaphors. In fact, one could make a fairly decent drinking game out of taking a shot each time an on-screen event appears to carry a deeper thematic meaning. Many of these metaphors are easy to spot, such as D’Angelo’s explanation of chess in episode 3 and the desk-moving debacle of … Continue reading

Disillusionment

In Short: The process of realizing something you believed in (a person, a truth, an idea, an institution, a system of governance, etc) is not true, coming to terms with this, and taking the opportunity to reevaluate what you had believed to be true with the intentions of finding new meaning. In more detail: The … Continue reading

The Horrible Cripple of Toothpick Palace

In a previous post, I halfassedly mentioned the fact that I wrote a novel which is available as an e-book through Amazon. I felt awkward about this post at the time, because it felt a little desperate and self-serving. Since then, however, I’ve simply come to regret that I didn’t go further. Honestly, if you’re … Continue reading