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14 March 2007 @ 11:31 am
Tao of the Day  
If I do not push, who among them will feel anxiety?
- Chuang Tzu (trans. Mair)

Nevermind who pushes you. This isn't about them.
Kburgunder on March 14th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
#1 person I push around: me.

I also push my business partner pretty hard and have been trying to find ways to cut it out and just let everything happen as it will.
Sharon Combshollyqueen on March 14th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Is is wrong that I read it as "punish", not "push"?
Kburgunder on March 14th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
Zen Anarchymetalmensch on March 14th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
If a student has sought a master, then they wish for a push. If a student has sought a teacher, then they wish for learning?
Kburgunder on March 14th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
I was thinking that too this morning. And, at work, if you're the organizer, isn't your job to push?

Probably a bit of Tao that only applies in certain situations, or has lots of caveats... I usually go for the more absolutist ones, but I was chewing on this one today, trying to find some personal truth in what I should do about my Pushy...
(Anonymous) on March 15th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
Hmm, if you are the organizer, isn't it your job to organize and thus do what is necessary to achieve that goal? Push, pull, set explosives, cajole operatives...all part of playing that part? If you are the person tasked with organizing, I suppose it might be a different thing, as humanity takes over instead of mere function. The teacher is a role, and by embracing the way of the teacher the person doing so resigns any hold they may wish to have on the process: or at least that is what I see of it.

If you are you who organizes people/things for the company at work, then your role is that of the promethean ideal: order out of chaos. There would be no more pushing than pulling, but instead subtle nudges where the force is most needed and giving way when there is need for the process to grow into a new niche.

Many caveats, which is the appeal of the simplest of statements, as they may be interpreted as one will.
Zen Anarchymetalmensch on March 15th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
This may be the reason why the un-carved block may be first?
Zen Anarchymetalmensch on March 15th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
^- - - me.
Master Arsonistapostle on March 14th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Some people are going to be more apt to feel anxiety by the lack of being pushed, as they have become so used to the sensation that the lack of it is more shocking.

That's what sprung to mind instantaneously the moment I read it.
Kburgunder on March 14th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Do you know Liz? One of Karyn's HS friends, one of D's on-again off-again lovers. She and I used to talk about something like this... due to the roller coaster ride of our teenage years, we were likely to feel anxious when things were mellow, straight and narrow.

I mellowed. I wonder if she did. We don't talk anymore, sadly.

If I ever sit down and right a poem again I'm heisting "mellow, straight and narrow" from this. Whattacadence.