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26 February 2009 @ 08:44 am
Tao of the Day  
Be generous as long as you live,
What leaves the storehouse does not return;
It is the food to be shared which is coveted,
One whose belly is empty is an accuser;
One deprived becomes an opponent,
Don't have him for a neighbor.
Kindness is a man's memorial
For the years after the function.
- The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep, Papyrus Prisse 2200 BCE, trans. Miriam Lichtheim

If my mind's modest,
I walk the great way.
Arrogance
is all I fear.
The great way is low and plain,
but people like shortcuts over the mountains.
The palace is full of splendor
and the fields are full of weeds,
and the granaries are filled with nothing.
People wearing ornaments and fancy clothes,
carrying weapons,
drinking a lot and eating a lot,
having a lot of things, a lot of money:
shameless thieves.
Surely their way
isn't the way.
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching #53, trans. Ursula K. LeGuin



Note to self: arrange more pot lucks, more group dinners, more group picnics (waiting to recover from this cold). If you have, bring. If all you have is an appetite, that's what you bring. A good idea, but the important part is doing it, and I've slacked.
 
 
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