Ol Man River- (Reblogged from Peter and Paul)

Ol’ Man River (This is Reblogged from Stan Kapuscinski’ s Peter and Paul)

Few maxims are as misunderstood as the wisdom of non-interference. It may have begun with Lao Tsu, and later picked up by Isaiah, with the same intent. Much later Oscar Hammerstein echoed the ancient wisdom.

We start with the pursuit of Tao: that elusive Unknown that resides in our Unconscious.

“In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.
True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.”

The “pursuit of knowledge” is an attempt of our ego to make do without relying on the input from our Unconscious. The problem is that knowledge deals almost exclusively with what is dead; or with the empty space of which we are made, and which surrounds us. Or even with the light from stars millions of light-years away, which possibly had long ceased to exist.

When Lao Tsu says that “nothing is done, nothing left undone”, we have arrived at the gate of the Unconscious, and have become instruments of the Infinite.

The words are echoed in Isaiah’s Psalm 23.

“The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me by the still waters,
He restoreth my soul…
… my cup runneth over. ”

The Lord symbolizes Infinite Potential within the Unconscious. The “green pastures” assure us of never having to struggle. The “still waters” refer to the peace of mind, and “my soul” is, of course, the Subconscious, or the experience we have gathered from the beginning of time.

When eventually “our cup runneth over,” we return home.

And then Oscar Hammerstein:

“Old Man River, Old Man River,
He don’t say nothing, he must know sometin’
Old Man River, he just keeps rollin’ along
You know, you know he don’t plant taters
And we all know the man don’t plant no cotton
And then, then they plant ‘em
Oh the Lord knows they are soon forgotten
But Old Man River, he just keeps rollin’ along.”

Truth must be continuously rediscovered. Ol’ Man River symbolizes the eternal Tao. The “Ol’ Man” does nothing—what we do, all knowledge, is soon forgotten.

Perhaps in a few millions years we shall accept that we are instruments of the Eternal Flow, which carries the intent which is, and might forever remain, unknown; even as our mind cannot encompass the universe. Perhaps we might be consoled that we are indispensable drops of water in the Mighty River that flows eternally; that continuously covers new grounds, and eventually returns to the Eternal Ocean from which we all once emerged. Yet every drop is indispensable to carve a new bed, to round new corners, to deepen some parts, erode others. We are all indispensable.

It is not a bad way to be.

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: RICHARD D’ABATE

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A stunning poem, a new site discovered. Good news to share.

Originally posted on As It Ought to Be:

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By Richard D’Abate:

THE SADNESS OF YOUNG MOTHERS

Because we’re at the beach today our sadness
knows itself,

Between the sinking sand and slowly measured
falling waves.

Not long ago time was arrow-tipped and
ravenous.

It found its mark before the god of love had
even stirred.

It filled our bones to bursting, era of the second
self begun.

Now every gesture mirrors gestures of a
smaller one.

They raise their arms, we raise our arms, they wobble
toward the sea

Like turtle hatchlings, thoughtless prey, and
so do we.

We match the steps of half-formed beings—
tender, new—

Ourselves, our future selves, alive but always
cut in two.

We are afraid. The burning sun devours
little bones.

Their little mouths will gulp the tangled weed, the
sliding foam.

We run, we start to run, but time has a thickness
all its own,

And half of half of half is…

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Terry Pratchett RIP

A tribute to Terry Pratchett on Erica Verillo’s Blog, with interview and pithy quotes. Such as these. (Link http://ericaverrillo.com/1/post/2015/03/terry-well-miss-you-quips-quotes-and-courage.html) More biography and interview on Erica Verillo.

Tribute to Terry Pratchett.

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” ― from Diggers

“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.” —from Moving Pictures

“Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time.” —from Hogfather

“I’d rather be a rising ape than a falling angel.” —from the Guardian Book Club

“It’s not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing it.” —from the foreword to The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy, by David Pringle

“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”

“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.”

“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.” – from Monstrous Regiment

“It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.” – from A Hat Full of Sky

“There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”

“The entire universe has been neatly divided into things to (a) mate with, (b) eat, (c) run away from, and (d) rocks.”

“If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.” – from The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

“The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.”

“Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.”–from Snuff

“I have no use for people who have learned the limits of the possible.”

” So much universe, and so little time”