Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Dow and The Tao

The following was chosen by one of our faithful readers as their favorite and is being repeated. New blogs will start up February 1, 2010.
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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.
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Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
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That which shrinks must first expand.
That which fails must first be strong.
That which is cast down must first be raised.
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We would love to hear if/how these apply to your situation.

Bye For Now,
Bill
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1 comment:

  1. This philosophy reminds me of the importance of humility and keeping a balance in all parts of our lives. At some point we all have to make decisions about what is important, most would say family and loved ones, but when disaster or loss hits close to home; some can close their doors to emotional avaliability as fast as they might do to a solicitor. Even in death I have seen a "its your bed now live (or die) in it" attitude/behavior. How can that be?

    We encourage self development and examination, ultimately with some professional help: we can help ourselves understand why our lives are the way they are today. Balance and adopting a selfless life comes in conflict with our practical world, those with a lot to lose and those with nothing at all to lose conduct themselves in similar ways, however it has been my conclusion that those with the most toys at the end, wins.

    Too often "accepting" life as it is lends itself to complacency. Why? Because the day to day for some can be a walk in the park, but for most, its more like walking on hot coals. Life takes effort, well being takes everything you've got.

    However, living a Tao life, comitted to humility and piety seems to give all of us an opporuntity to live large in smaller capacities. So , I appreciate the reminder in your blog.

    My thought for today is:
    Make a concerted effort to allow the natural healing and well being capacity of our bodies to play themselves out.


    Mimi Gegg
    Director
    Tranquility Center
    William Penzer, Ph.d

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