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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather ....... Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car ..." - Emo Philips

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 08:20:59 AM PDT

  •  Ha! Clever. But also not as Taoist as you might (0+ / 0-)

    think. After all, DKos is a blog; it ought to be appreciated and used as such—with words. To do otherwise is to move against the nature of DKos. The right words—yes. No words? No point.

    -9.63, 0.00
    "Liberty" is deaf, dumb, and useless without life itself.

    by nobody at all on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 08:27:40 AM PDT

    •  "The sage relies on actionless activity" (2+ / 0-)
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      CroneWit, thanatokephaloides
      "It is because everyone under heaven recognizes beauty as beauty, that the idea of ugliness exists.

      "And equally if everyone recognized virtue as virtue, this would merely create fresh conceptions of wickedness.

      "For truly 'Being and Not-being grow out of one another;

      "Difficult and easy complete one another.

      "Long and short test one another;

      "High and low determine one another.

      "The sounds of instrument and voice give harmony to one another.

      "Front and back give sequence to one another.'

      "Therefore the sage relies on actionless activity,

      "Carries on wordless teaching,

      "But the myriad creatures are worked on by him; he does not disown them.

      "He rears them, but does not lay claim to them,

      "Controls them, but does not lean upon them,

      "Achieves his aim, but does not call attention to what he does;

      "And for the very reason that he does not call attention to what he does

      "He is not ejected from the fruition of what he has done."

      Tao Te Ching, Arthur Waley, trans. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935.

      "[T]he preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country." - John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law. (1765)

      by AnacharsisClootz on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:27:51 AM PDT

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  •  :) works for me. (2+ / 0-)

    "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

    "It's said that the honest man has nothing to hide. Not true. The honest man has to hide himself, because honest men are the prime targets of those who lie."

    by roseeriter on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 08:44:22 AM PDT

  •  Those who know (2+ / 0-)

    do not speak.  Those who speak do not know.

    Conservatism is like an anchor. It doesn't propel either society or the economy. Source unknown

    by SherriG on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:15:28 AM PDT

  •  :-) nt (2+ / 0-)
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    thanatokephaloides, SherriG

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

    by Joy of Fishes on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 09:26:26 AM PDT

  •  Taoist writings (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the first written expression of anarchist theory.

    "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." - Michael Bakunin (Economic Left/Right: -10.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -9.79)

    by ZhenRen on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 02:26:02 PM PDT

    •  Alchemical theory, too! (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      ZhenRen, AnacharsisClootz
      Taoist writings ... the first written expression of anarchist theory.
      The first writings of alchemical theory (and the first alchemists themselves) were Taoists, also.

      The opening lines of the Emerald Tablet strongly suggest that they were originally composed in Chinese (and, obviously, by Taoists):


      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 as all things came to be by the contemplation of One Mind,
      so all created things arose from this One Thing through Transformation.

          -- D. W. Hauck's translation at
      1) True, true, with no room for doubt, certain, worthy of all trust.
      2) See, the highest comes from the lowest, and the lowest from the highest; indeed a marvelous work of the tao.
      3) See how all things originated from It by a single process.
          -- Hypothetical Chinese Original,
           Slightly altered from Needham 1980: 371.
           from text from

      I'm working on some items linking anarchist and alchemical theories to one another, which I plan to post as Diaries. The basic gist is to link the traditional Operations of Alchemy to changes which need to occur in human beings and their societies in order to make it possible (and preferable) to live without the state.

      "I have to remember that while Jesus dined with publicans, there is no record of his consorting with Republicans." -- entlord

      by thanatokephaloides on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 04:12:48 PM PDT

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  •  Tao Jones (0+ / 0-)

    La majestueuse égalité des lois, qui interdit au riche comme au pauvre de coucher sous les ponts, de mendier dans les rues, et de voler du pain.

    by dconrad on Wed Aug 06, 2014 at 10:02:02 AM PDT

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