As I am picking up a blogging project that has faltered and stalled over the last year and a half, I thought it was worthwhile to just re-introduce you all to it, so that if you drop in mid-stream you aren’t trying to figure out what I’m talking about. Anybody remember those read-along books that … More The oft neglected Tao Te Ching project
The idea of the thing is not the thing. This is a throwback to chapter 1, and a more personal extrapolation of the same idea. This chapter is full of couplets like: He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand firm. But the one I really like is: He who defines himself can’t know who he … More ToV 24 – the idea of you isn’t YOU
Right, so while I was there to watch my friend’s desperate (and successful) eleventh hour crunch to get his 50,000 words in before the midnight deadline–fuelled and inspired by truly awful ninja movies (I think perhaps other people’s bizarre and reckless storywriting gives you permission let go on your own giant brain dump) I was … More Celebrating My Failure!!!
This chapter opens with a series of lines under what I’d call the category of: f*ing let it go. If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked. If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. And a goodly handful of phrases like that, every one of them a mantra of: stop arguing … More ToV 22 – Paradoxical Dating
Success is as dangerous as failure. Hope is as hollow as fear. But but… I hear you saying in protest to these lines, the ideas of success and hope so ingrained into our collective psyches. Just hear me out, it’ll make more sense shortly! We’re starting to get into variations on themes here in these … More ToV 13 – Hope as a Delusion