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Examining the world around us through the lens of philosophical Taoism.

As I near my 60th birthday, I am still amazed at the impoliteness of some people.  A recent situation illustrates this frustration to the max.I serve as the [unpaid volunteer] Production Manager for KOSW 91.3 FM in Ocean Shores, Washington.  We're always working to develop new ways

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I had to go back to the radio station -- KOSW -- this early morning because of an internet streaming problem.  In trying to run down the problem, I came across the answer to a different streaming issue that has vexed us for months!Mind you, the problem I am trying to solve now is elusiv

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The bad person is the resource of the good person.~ from Verse 27 of the Tao Te Ching (Derek Lin translation) ~We have a friend here in Ocean Shores who just cannot get out of his own way.  He is, as they say, his own worst enemy.  Anytime success is wit

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I didn't want to move to Ocean Shores -- my wife wasn't too thrilled with it either.  But this was how the cards fell.  We have now lived in our 690 sq. ft. apartment for going on 3 1/2 years.  We've made some friends.  There are organizations we are involved with.&n

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Gosh, it's been a long time since I've posted anything.  In fact, I posted nary a thing throughout the entirety of 2016!!One of the reasons for my lack of writing on this blog is that a lot of the political stuff I used to write about I now broadcast on the radio.  I have a show on

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I have been wanting to get back to offering a few posts from time to time, but I never seem to get around to it.  One of the issues has been the fact that my home computer went kaput and I'm typically too busy with radio duties to use the production computer down here at the station.  More than anything else,

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Our dear friend Scott Bradley -- the modern day alter ego of Zhuangzi -- has done two momentous things lately.  First, he's published a book:

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Here's a great article posted on AlterNet.How Big Business Invented the Theology of 'Christian Libertarianism' and the Gospel of Free MarketsBy Kevin Kruse

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Monday, January 12, typically would have been a good day for my dad. That night the Oregon Ducks played The Ohio State Buckeyes for the NCAA Football National Championship. But my dad didn't see the game and we didn't get a chance to discuss it the next day.At about 9:30 am -- after a brie

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The main reason I haven't posted to this blog in quite a while is illustrated below. Here is a clip of the morning radio show on KOSW-LP 91.3 FM.

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Scott BradleyThe Master said, 'Tseng-tzu, I have one thread running through my Way.' When the Master went out the disciples asked, 'What did he mean?' 'The Master's Way', said Tseng-tzu, 'is nothing but doing-one's-best-for-others (chung) and li

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Trey SmithYesterday, our apartment complex was assaulted -- yes, assaulted! -- by something far worse than locusts or the plague. We were assaulted by people carrying bibles! I don't think they saw me as I was in my car getti

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Scott BradleyThere are several instances in the Analects when Confucius or one of his disciples tells us what is "the single thread" that runs throughout his teaching. It is not often that we are given such a clear summary of a philosophy and thus

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Trey SmithFor 3 months, KOSW-LP was my second home. Then I was gone for about 2 1/2 weeks. I thought this experiment was over and finished. But then a funny thing happened. The two managers (volunteers just like everyone else up there) -- who had se

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Scott BradleyMan is able to enlarge the Way, it is not that the Way enlarges man.(Analects 15/29)This celebrated quote from Confucius, taken as a starting point, has profound implications.

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Scott BradleyIn his discussion of de in Confucius, Graham points out that he "even" uses the term wu wei, "not-doing": "One who put in order by doing nothing, would that not be Shun? What is there that he did? Just assumed a respect

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Scott BradleyThe little word de (te), best known as part of the title of the Daodejing (Tao Te Ching), has presented translators with many a headache. The main problem is not so much with finding the right equivalent word, though tha

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Scott BradleyThis series will be responses to A. C. Graham's Disputer's of the Tao: Philosophic Argument in Ancient China, a standard treatment of the subject often quoted by sinologists. Ancient China, in this case, refers to the "classical perio

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Scott BradleySeeing that my self is your other, and your self is my other, Zhuangzi asks if there is really any self or other at all. If not, then there is a kind oneness that emerges from the merging of the one into the other. "It is only someone

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Scott BradleySo far we have been looking at the self/other pairing as seen in the individual self as I/me. But though Ziqi's loss of "me" begins there, it does not stop there. This gives him a sense of the fact that everyone else is just like him; he re

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Trey SmithIn a little less than 2 weeks, I will make a trip to Seattle to see a Rheumatologist. A recent blood test showed that I have a sky high sed rate and my RH factor also is very high. Add to this the shape of my hands and I will be absolutely sho

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Scott Bradley"[T]he primary idea of a whole is of a correlative pair, which Zhuangzi pares down to its purest and most abstract form: This and That, or Self and Not-self." This, as Ziporyn points out (Ironies of Oneness and Difference

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Scott BradleyFor philosophical Daoism generally, and Zhuangzi particularly, Ziporyn tells us, "the primary idea of a whole is of a correlative pair." (Ironies of Oneness and Difference) One, for all practical purposes, is always two.

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Scott BradleyIf, through the mythical imagery of Peng, we have yet to learn to fly without wings, to depend on nothing and thereby follow along with whatever happens, well then, Zhuangzi offers us another point of entry, a reasoned demonstration of how th

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Trey SmithOne complaint I have often received on this blog is my fusion of leftist ideology with philosophical Taoism. I make no apologies for it because we each travel down different paths and I tend to travel down those to the left of center. T

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Scott BradleyHaving suggested that we ride atop whatever 'is' or happens, Zhuangzi asks "You would then be depending on — what?" Assuming that we are quick studies and have answered, "We don't know, and it doesn't matter", he adds his own

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Scott BradleyBefore moving on to Ziporyn's treatment of the Qiwulun (2nd) chapter of the Zhuangzi, I'd like to take one last look at how the more difficult philosophical arguments of that chapter are more simply reflected in the myth of Peng

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Scott BradleyI always say that Zhuangzi suggests that we depend on nothing, but this is not, in fact, what he says. He actually says that if we simply ride atop whatever happens, we will depend on — what? I answer: Nothing. But Ziporyn (Iro

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Trey SmithOver the past month or so, I think I've come to a greater understanding of why so-called primitive societies believed that the weather reflected the emotional disposition of their god or gods. We have had several nasty storms roll on shore and

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Scott BradleyThe mighty bird Peng overflies the tiny quail, dove and cicada, who look up and laugh at such a grandiose, yet to their thinking useless, exhibition of the possibilities of flight. Ziporyn observes that this may very well be Zhuangzi's openi

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