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30 October 2007 @ 10:26 am
Tao of the Day  
Seeking to please everyone creates tastelessness.
State your desires honestly.
- Lao Tzu (12: Martin Couple's Tao Te Ching)

I once knew a man who wanted everyone to like him. He valued people for their high opinions of him. He valued people for their laughter at his jokes. He valued people for their attention to his stories. One day, he woke up, and saw that he had not valued the people in his life for who they were, had laughed at their jokes without knowing if they were funny, had nodded impatiently at their stories while waiting to sparkle with his own charismatic tales.

For the first time, he faced the solitude crafted by his own tastelessness.
 
 
 
Prince of Happinesspoh on October 30th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I was going to say, as I'm picking up some thumbnail sketch ideas on Taoist schools, I've gone back to start reading the Tao of the Day posts that you put up. Newfound appreciation ftw!
Kburgunder on October 30th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Taoism: saving me from myself since 2003.
Prince of Happinesspoh on October 30th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Kim, Immortal Sage of the Seven Happy Lucky Golden LJs.
Kburgunder on October 30th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Wait! You forgot "dragon" and "jade"! !!!
Prince of Happinesspoh on October 30th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Kim, Immortal Sage of the Seven Happy Lucky Jade Golden Dragon LJs of Cao Di Mountain.
Kburgunder on October 30th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
"thumbnail sketch ideas on Taoist schools" ... I'm not sure if this means you're drawing schools of Taoism or researching schools to attend or something I haven't yet considered ...?

English. Hmph.
Prince of Happinesspoh on October 30th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
No, getting some ideas on Taoist schools of thought for a Castles & Crusades (read as: D&D) campaign set in a medieval-Japan setting. Particularly Taoism as it would apply to the sennin or "Immortals."
Kburgunder on October 30th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
Ooo! If you can get a hold of it, I highly recommend The Chronicles of Tao by Deng Ming-Dao. Some good immortals in there, plus it's an engaging book in its own right. bitterfun lent it to me when I went to Europe a few years ago and somewhere between Köln, Germany and Seattle, the postal service lost it.
Prince of Happinesspoh on October 30th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'll have to add that to the library. Trying to manage a synthesis of giving a sennin (wizard) some philosophical basis for casting Fireball or Cloudkill at a bunch of bakemono. :p