Posted by ren ying on 11/28/2009, 9:58 am, in reply to "words"
: Words, one of the most intriguing subjects to
: really examine. I was raised by nuns who
: spoke only when something needed to be
: communicated, and then only simply and
: directly. At the same time I was a voracious
: reader in love with the elegance and
: subtlety of words.
: Now everywhere I look there's an explosion
: of words in all directions; people on
: cellphones yakking constantly, signs on
: every street, volumes of publications. I
: live in the South where people have elevated
: the art of small-talk to an art form.
: And with all these words, what really is
: being "said"? It seems the value
: of words as having meaning is lost in the
: sheer excess of yada-yada.
: I like a line from some Taoist text: the
: sage does not write or speak to no purpose.
: It's interesting to observe one's own use of
: speech...is it to entertain? to inform? to
: criticize? encourage? ease another's pain?
: get attention? show off one's knowledge?
: inquire? The motives for speaking are
: endless. Knowing our intention in speaking
: is revealing and useful.
: And my favorite admonition is from Ancestor
: Lu's One Hundred Character Tablet:
: "Nurturing energy,*forget words* and
: guard it;
: conquer mind, do non-doing."
: Forgetting words, there is flowing
: spaciousness and fresh openness in mind.
: Words turn mind into clumps concepts bumping
: into each other. :-)
this is one side- yes its fine not to get worded down by streams of words... (in german: "zugetextet")
on the other side:
you know this:
a child get quiet if it can listen to a mothers / fathers lovely voice...
an animal get quiet if it hears the calm voice of an related human...
in former times just a hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
created the feeling of community
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