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    Master Tung-kuo asked Chuang Tzu, "This thing called the Way-where does it exist?"
    Chuang Tzu said, "There's no place it doesn't exist."
    "Come," said Master Tung-kuo, "you must be more specific!"
    "It is in the ant."
    "As low a thing as that?"
    "It is in the panic grass."
    "But that's lower still!"
    "It is in the tiles and shards."
    "How can it be so low?"
    "It is in the piss and shit."

    From Zhuang Zi, ancient Chinese Daoist text.

    In the Tabula Smaragdina (Emerald Tablet), Hermes Trismegistus says:
    That which is Above is like that which is Below,
    and that which is Below is like that which is Above,
    to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.
    and, just in case it's not quite clear what the "One Thing" is all about, the Emerald Tablet says:
    And as all things came to be by the contemplation of One Mind,
    so all created things arose from this One Thing through Transformation.

    Its Father is the Sun;
    its Mother is the Moon.
    The Wind carries it in its Belly;
    its Nurse is the Earth.

    It is the origin of all; it is the Consecration of the whole Universe.

    In short, It (the One Thing) is in the piss and shit; and yet It is also, by Its own Nature, the Consecration of the whole Universe.

    Wow! Anarchistic Alchemy!  


    "It's high time (and then some) that we put an end to the exceptionalistic nonsense floating around in our culture and face the fact that either the economy works for all, or it doesn't work AT all." -- Sean McCullough (DailyKos user thanatokephaloides)

    by thanatokephaloides on Tue Mar 11, 2014 at 01:31:57 AM PDT

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