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23 March 2007 @ 10:59 am
The point of the I Ching...  
... is divination, guidance.

Though I innocently crack the book for a Tao of the Day, the quote I get reaches out and smacks me once I've got it posted. It's doing its job :)

Once upon a time, I had a really close friend.
One day, a long time ago, we weren't friends anymore.
He hurt me, and then he hurt me, and then he hurt me.
He skipped the sticks and stones, and used small, cruel words.
He reaches sometimes from years long past into now and I still hurt.
So I've long been building a wall, stone by stone.
Often with reluctance, because I remember that closeness we once had.
And in frustration I sputter "Hope is as Hollow as Fear!" and add another stone in denial of hope and honor of fear.
And today I wonder
This wall I built
This wall of defensive words
And bitter memories
That help guard me against his re-entry into my life
Does it shadow my neighbor's gardens?
Have I been building the wall to protect me
Or have I been stepping out of my yard and adding stones elsewhere
To protect the whole world?
I hope not. I don't think so. I hope not. I don't know.
Current Mood: sleepystinky I Ching
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Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Garden walls are overrated, except for secret gardens.
Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Remember. the fastest way to a man's heart is through his rib-cage.
Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Don't encourage me! GRiN

*slow-mo high-five*
Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)

Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
ADIDAS Zombie Kung Fu?
Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Your blacksploitation-kung fu-theater knowledge is weak.
I must subject you to The Last Dragon sometime.
(When I have a lot of alcohol on hand)
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Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the alcohol.
She'll need it.
Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Cynickal: Pimpcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Obviously I'll need to think of some other way to get her drunk and over at my place.
Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
You're such a ninja.
Cynickal: Asscynickal on March 23rd, 2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe I should try the Spartan method and just march up to you in nothing but sandles and a bronze shield.
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Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yep, Adam, minus actually showing up with Christian Bale, I'm not sure there's a way to compete with the appeal of a sexy redhead with a kung fu movie and some alcohol ;) GRiN
Tracy Lauricellatmib on March 23rd, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)

I have it on tape.

Great movie.

"Who is the master?"

I also have the soundtrack in my MP3 collection if anyone wants copies. :)
Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
I fear your definition of "great"

It was like a giant pastel kung fu wreck between the 70's and the 80's funky train.

Yes, I own a copy.
Tracy Lauricellatmib on March 23rd, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)

See, that fits my definition of great. Of course it probably helps that I was 13 years old when it came out, so there's a lot of nostalgia clouding my perspective. :)

It's a cheesy movie, sure. But a movie combining martial arts, breakdancing, motown and MTV is very much in the heart of 1985. It's become such a cult classic since then that I can't help but like it.

It's this movie that launched the 1 hit wonder of DeBarge with "Rhythmn of the Night."

Mostly though, I'm a sucker for the typical underdog-hero that does the right thing, goes through a journey of self-realization, conquers his own fears to defeat the bad guy and gets the girl kind of movie.

And mostly, I'm a sucker for that moment in any movie right when the underdog hero character suddenly turns the table on his enemy. This movie captures that moment perfectly (in a very '80's kung-fu kind of way.)
Tracy Lauricellatmib on March 23rd, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)

The scene in question:

Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm apparently the only person in the universe who hasn't seen this, so I promise not to watch it. ;)
Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
So you found THE GLOW?
Master Arsonist: Jesus Saves!apostle on March 23rd, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
The Shogun Of Harlem!

(Can I call you Bruce?)
Cynickalcynickal on March 23rd, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
Thay all do. ;)

Master Arsonistapostle on March 23rd, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)

Fill a bowl to the rim; will it spill?
Force something to fit; will it break?
Amass great wealth; will you be robbed?
Achieve fame and status; will you be laughed at?

Better to avoid the questions:
Accomplish your ends, then walk away
Such is the road of peace

I always have preferred to balance the questions Tao raises with the questions Tao asks. It seems only fair to use it so.

But I admire you for asking the questions.
Kburgunder on March 23rd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oo, I don't think I have this translation. Who's the translator? It feels a little bit like John Wu; he likes pulling out as much of the plummage as possible and just leaving the punch.
Master Arsonist: Samuraiapostle on March 23rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
I present to you the Chow Yun Fat of Tao Translators: Ted Wrigley.