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Star says that Tao is everywhere; to see it in a person, see it as a person. In a family, see it as a family. In the world, see it as the world. A while back our minister told the story of a Sufi… Continue Reading “54”


The presence of Tao doesn’t mean that evil ceases to exist, only that it loses its power. Certainly a different way to consider what to do about the existence of evil in the world; the conventional wisdom, and the mantra used in many cases… Continue Reading “60”


Hogan says that verse 42 boils down to “Live by the sword, die by the sword.” Reap what you sow, cast your bread on the water and it will return to you a hundredfold, sow the wind and reap the whirlwind, what goes around… Continue Reading “42”


A recent report that the London’s Design Museum 2020 prize for best design went to the groups who turned a section of the border wall between the US and Mexico into a temporary base for see-saws with the wall itself as the fulcrum made… Continue Reading “See-Saw”


Star: Be tranquil like the rain of spring. Hogan: If you stay calm, the world will sort itself out around you. Staying calm is a rare and precious skill in any circumstance, and especially so in difficult times, when the cacophony of voices around… Continue Reading “45”


Star: Now if one is fearless but has no love, abundant but has no moderation, rises up but has no humility, surely he is doomed. Hogan: If you want to get ahead, show people compassion. It’s the most powerful force in the universe. Compassion… Continue Reading “67”


Star: A tree that cannot bend will crack in the wind. Hogan: If you are rigid and unyielding you might as well be dead.  The young people I worked with some years ago would frequently back themselves into a corner by being stubborn. A… Continue Reading “76”


Star: No greater curse than desire; no greater fault than selfishness Much of our time is spent trying to satisfy desires of one kind or another. The structure of our society has encouraged a competition among us to accumulate more, larger, “better” stuff and… Continue Reading “46”


McDonald: Know the honorable, but do not shun the disgraced; embrace the world as it is. Recognizing both light and dark, honorable and disgraced, idealism and reality, allows us to glimpse the whole world. Several of the translations refer to the Uncarved Block, reality… Continue Reading “28”


Star:  Tao is eternal; it brings all things to completion without their even knowing it. McDonald: Because it doesn’t seek greatness, it is able to accomplish great things. It’s certainly the case that often the person out in front who is receiving all the… Continue Reading “34”