I hope to write a future essay here (in keeping with the Tao stuff I’ve been writing) where I talk about how being pissed off and moralistic only gets you so far in any situation where folks are doing a morally wrong thing because it’s otherwise compelling to do it. I think this essay will [...]
I map Justice to the trigram for Mountain. I think that justice builds the foundations of the mountain of your commitment. It helps you be fair, merciful, honorable, wise. It helps you demonstrate that your opponents/allies should take you seriously because they know that if you are just, you will be just with all of [...]
We’re heaving into the final stretch here. I hope you’ve gotten as much out of this exercise as I have!
It needs to be said: Honor is very tricky. Everyone knows that it’s operative in the best warriors. Lack of honor sticks out like a sore thumb! But the problem is that honorableness requires humility. [...]
I liked it.
I understand it did well in China, despite a boycott cum possible PR stunt by a Chinese designer.
I didn’t find many of its tropes tired. If anything, the Kung Fu stuff, the Chinese stuff, I thought was definitely in keeping with the Kung Fu Movie traditions and also some of it [...]
As both an activist and a warrior, you cannot afford to work only on instinct. There must be a method and a direction. You should keep in mind prinicples of compassion and honor as well as try to keep your long term strategy and medium term tactics in mind. The more competent and long-lived warriors [...]
Work intervened and has been hard, but I hope for some stability, or at least, as Taoism would have it, moving stability. Some way of knowing my center even though my stance must be flowing.
I think that despite practical worries about job permanency, I am much improved for being older, and I hope, wiser.
I have at least four more Tao of… posts to write. I’d planned to write 8 and I’m sticking to that promise, both for symbolic and thematic reasons.
I hope that it’s doing more folks than just me good, but it is doing me good to articulate myself and some of my beliefs about being [...]
Do you know joy? Do you have joy in your work as a warrior? Can you identify and react appropriately to instances of joy during the very moments you are working your hardest to fight? Can you share in your opponent’s joys? All of these skills are vitally important. As you have other duties and [...]
There are a lot of responsibilities to truth, being truthful, holding your opponents accountable to truth that a warrior has.
I’ll list them as duties, and explain, as I did in the Endurance post before.
But first, tie truth to the 3rd trigram, penetrating thunder.
If you haven’t the strength for the discipline or responsibility of warriorship, you shouldn’t be fighting.
Otherwise known as, “If you can’t take the heat…”
This one, the second principle, gets tied to Earth in the I Ching, which stands in part for infinite resources and capacity, and some interpret it also as a symbol [...]