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Tao

I was idly wandering through McKays (the most wonderful used book store in the world) and came across a book that a friend of mine had showed me. It is the Tao Te Ching, with lessons, or kind of poems to us, of the Tao. There are 81 “lessons.” It was originally written by Lao Tsu around the sixth century B.C. I’ve enjoyed reading them and have enjoyed just thinking about something. (Since being out of school I feel that my brain has atrophied slightly.)

Thirty-Three

Knowing others is wisdom;

Knowing the self is enlightenment.

Mastering others requires force;

Mastering the self needs strength.

He who knows he has enough is rich.

Perseverance is a sign of will power.

He who stays where he is endures.

To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

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On an additional note, there’s a cool thing about getting books at the used book store. There was a little handwritten note in the front of the book. Dec. 12 1994 To Angela, “Darkness within darkness – the gate to all mystery” -Brad Parker. I was 9 at this time and I am enjoying making up different scenarios for Angela and Brad. Who they were, what their relationship was, why this ended up at McKays. Any fun thoughts? 🙂