Apr. 17th, 2005

Surreal...

Apr. 17th, 2005 04:09 pm
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I've started the process to get our divorce papers created. I feel like I'm living someone else's life right now. There is this distance I've created from myself. Like I'm watching someone else go through all of this rather than going through it myself. Part of me still can't believe this is happening. I know it's for the best all things considered, but it is still painful.
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I'm addicted to library books - but at least it's a free addiction. ;) I just requested...I don't know, 7 or 8 more books from the library. I need help people! I can't possibly read everything I have already. Hmm...will have to start being pickier and perhaps keeping a running list of things I would like to read next so that I don't feel the need to request them now. Maybe I will have to limit myself to a set number of books and only allow myself to get another book from the library if I return one I'm done with.
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38

The Master doesn't try to be powerful:
thus he is truly powerful.
The ordinary man keeps reaching for power;
thus he never has enough.

The Master does nothing,
yet he leaves nothing undone.
The ordinary man is always doing things,
yet many more are left to be done.

The kind man does something,
yet something remains undone.
The just man does something,
and leaves many things to be done.
The moral man does something,
and when no one responds
he rolls up his sleeves and uses force.

When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.
When goodness is lost, there is morality.
When morality is lost, there is ritual.
Ritual is the husk of true faith,
the beginning of chaos.

Therefore the Master concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface,
with the fruit and not the flower.
He has no will of his own.
He dwells in reality,
and lets all illusions go.

I find the idea that ritual is the husk of true faith and the beginning of chaos to explain the state of the Christian church today. It probably explains the confused, conflict ridden state of other religions as well, but I only have direct experience with Christianity.

x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] _tao_te_ching

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