Category Archives: Being human

Lao Tzu, Chapter 18

Daodejing — The Classic About Ways and Instances Translated by William P. Coleman After the great way had been forgotten, there was benevolence and rectitude. Intelligence and knowledge appeared, and there was great falseness. The six relationships fell out of harmony, … Continue reading

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Lao Tzu, Chapter 17

Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 17 The best ruler? His people know he exists. The next best? They love and praise him. The next, they … Continue reading

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John Ruskin: “the Great Spirit of nature is as deep and unapproachable in the lowest as in the noblest objects”

John Ruskin The chapter “Of the Foreground” in the first volume of John Ruskin’s Modern Painters ends: One lesson, however, we are invariably taught by all, however approached or viewed, that the work of the Great Spirit of nature is … Continue reading

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John Ruskin: “You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him”

Self Portrait by John Ruskin John Ruskin had some typically heterodox thoughts on perfection that go well beyond the usual — and often excellent — thought that “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” . . . no good … Continue reading

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Lao Tzu, Chapter 16

Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 16 Reach to the farthest end of emptiness; maintain unmoving stillness. If I look at many things as combined, then … Continue reading

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Lao Tzu, Chapter 15

Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 15 Of old, those who were skilled at being were masters. They were subtle and could penetrate deeply into natures; … Continue reading

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Lao Tzu, Chapter 14

Tao Te Ching — The Classic about Ways And Instances Lao Tzu (Translated, with comments, by William P. Coleman) Chapter 14 We look at it and can’t see its name, so we say it’s invisible. We listen to it and … Continue reading

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