Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Dow and The Tao

I’m sure you all learned and remember what a homonym is from your English classes in grade school. NOT! Don’t feel bad. Neither did I. I missed that class along with grammar, punctuation, spelling, penmanship and geography. Not too swift with math either.

A homonym, according my wife (who went to all the classes I missed) and to Funk and Wagnall’s is, “a word identical with another in pronunciation, but differing from it in origin, spelling and meaning.” (p 308)

Isn’t it interesting and amusing that the Dow and the Tao are homonyms as Tao is pronounced dau. Could any two words be more different from one another than these? The Tao is a religion and philosophy founded by Lao Tsu in China 2500 years ago. I wonder what he would feel about the new China? It is amazing how his comments which follow are so appropriate today.

There’s not much good news to quote from the Dow these days (though it is getting a little better), but so much from the Tao. Here is a sampling:

Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade and no one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles and disaster will follow.
………………………

Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
……………………...

That which shrinks must first expand.
That which fails must first be strong.
That which is cast down must first be raised.
……………………...


We would love to hear if/how these apply to your situation.

Bye For Now,
Bill
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1 comment:

  1. Marcia S. SeebergMarch 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    The Dow and the Tao.
    Wow, I can' resist commenting. The Tao has been described as the oneness of all reality and the way of life for all species, including humans.

    We tend to swing from a mistaken sense of lack to "filling to the brim," perhaps from a youth of not enough to the extreme of acquiring more than we need. This results of course in disaster, as the Tao shows us.

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