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15 February 2007 @ 10:16 am
Tao of the Day  
Let go of theories and keep to observations.
It is the surface that matters to a sailor's survival, not the depths.

- Boo Tzu
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Zen Anarchymetalmensch on February 15th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
This often keeps me out of trouble at work if I follow it.
Kburgunder on February 15th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
The curse and redemption of the thoughtful.
RocketGirl: Darth Danceeonen on February 16th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I mostly agree with that one. I think theories are important to have, but they should be malleable and based on onbservations.

This is true of both science and being social; make no assumptions, and be prepared to change any assumptions you may have made in the face on contrary evidence.

I like that.
Lawstlawst on February 16th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
The first part I agree with. As a sailor, especially one who's sailed the Puget Sound and the St. Lawrance River, I know better to agree with the second. You're boat doesn't sail on the water, part of it is underneath. The sailor who is unaware of what lies beneath the waves can easily run aground.