- Is anybody out there?
- January 16th, 2010
I'm sad because the only two Taoist groups I have found on LJ are both mostly defunct.
Let's get this comm going again.
Here's my contribution, both from the book, The Tao of Pooh:
"Hui-tse said to Chuang-tse, 'I have a large tree which no carpenter can cut into lumber. Its branches and trunk are crooked and tough, covered with bumps and depressions. No builder would turn his head to look at it. Your teachings are the same- useless, without value. Therefore, nobody pays attention to them.'
...Chuang-tse replied, 'You complain that your tree is not valuable as lumber. But you could make use of the shade it provides, rest under its sheltering branches, and stroll beneath it, admiring it character and appearance. Since it would not be endangered by an axe, what could threaten its existence? It is useless to you only because you want to make it into something else and you do not use it in its proper way."
The Episode of Eeyore being Bounced- A.A. Milne
"How did you fall in, Eeyore?" asked Rabbit, as he dried him with Piglet's handkerchief.
"I didn't." said Eeyore.
"I was BOUNCED," said Eeyore.
"Oo," said Roo excitedly, "did somebody push you in?"
"Somebody BOUNCED me. I was just thinking by the side of the river-thinking, if any of you know what that means, when I received a loud BOUNCE."
"Ooh, Eeyore!" said everybody.
"Are you sure you didn't slip?" asked Rabbit wisely.
"Of course I slipped! If you're standing on the slippery bank of a river and somebody BOUNCES you loudly from behind, you slip. What did you think I did?"
"But who did it?" asked Roo.
Eeyore didn't answer.
" I expect it was Tigger," said Piglet nervously.
"But, Eeyore," said Pooh, "was it a Joke, or an Accident? I mean--"
"I didn't stop to ask, Pooh. Even at the very bottom of the river I didn't stop to say to myself, 'IS this a Hearty Joke, or is the Merest Accident?' I just floated to the surface, and I said to myself,'It's wet.'
If you know what I mean."
I love it!
x-posted to Taosim