The Surreal Parade

Introduction

Tao Te Ching – Chapter Twenty
Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
How ridiculous!
clowns-on-paradeOther people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.
Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.
Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharper;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.
I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.

States of the Unions
A Month Like No Other
No doubt there will be many assessments of Trump’s first thirty days. Shields, Brooks, and Judy Woodruff on the Friday PBS New Hour have provided a balanced and thoughtful weekly assessment for a long time now. The segment captured here last Friday is no exception.

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