The Great Master 12/6/21

Hearing L saying how she looked to T as a model reminded me of the Iching, which I shared with L.  In the passage called “The Gentle”, the Iching discusses the lasting effects of a gentle force always applied in a consistent direction.  These changes are not as noticeable as those brought about by violence, such as the massive earthquakes that gives rise to mountains, and yet the gentle force is far more permanent, such as the winds that eventually erode them.  The passage ends by suggesting that it helps to follow the great master, as this helps to maintain focus on the direction of that force.  T is a terrific choice for such a master, a model of overcoming personal demons, a model of giving, and a model of accomplishment.  I hope L follows that example, as one day she, too, will be a great master. 


Waste of Time 12/4/19

history will forget you and all that you have done. What’s worse, the world will forget us as a culture and everything that we’ve accomplished, and the universe will forget the earth, and that it had ever existed. In the end, nothing, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy, all of the probes we’ve sent out into deep space, all of our art, literature, architecture will all vanish.