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Lance Corporal Little and the Chinese philosophers

Morally reprehensible or not (my wife has more experience of poverty), disabled Lance Corporal Cassidy Little’s winning Paso Doble for The People’s Strictly neatly illustrates the ancient Chinese notions of… 558 more words


How Do You Judge a Poem?

I am half way through the process of judging this year’s Torriano Poetry Competition (https://torrianomeetinghouse.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/torriano-poetry-competition-2015/). I’ve been lucky enough to judge a few such competitions in the last few years and what follows is a compilation of thoughts on the judging process. 1,329 more words

Random Daodejing - Ch 21 - Manifestations of Tao

Chapter 21 came up just a couple weeks ago in my random picks from the Daodejing. At that time, I focussed on the latter part of the chapter, taking delight in finding a cosmic joke. 168 more words

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Random Daodejing - Ch 11 - The Utility of Not-Being

Thirty spokes unite around the nave;
From their not-being (loss of their individuality)
Arises the utility of the wheel.
Mold clay into a vessel;
From its not-being (in the vessel’s hollow)

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Random Daodejing - Ch 65 - The ancients aimed not to enlighten

The ancients who knew how to follow the Tao
Aimed not to enlighten the people,
But to keep them ignorant.
The reason it is difficult for the people to leave in peace…

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Random Daodejing - Ch 68 - A good soldier is not violent

A good soldier is not violent.
A good fighter is not angry.
A good winner is not vengeful
A good employer is humble.
This is known as the Virtue of not striving.

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Random Daodejing - Ch 21 - The source of all things

From the days of old till now
Its Named (manifested forms) have never ceased,
By which we may view the Father of All Things.
How do I know the shape of the Father of All Things?

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