The Blog that Can be Blogged is Not the Eternal Blog
After all, even the Bible, the Upanishads, and the Tao Te Ching don’t go on forever. Especially in the case of the latter two, they made their points in an extremely compact and pithy way, and then got out of the way. The fact that they are “closed” gives them all the more authority, for it forces one to look more deeply within the text (and the Self) than to keep looking beyond it. I’m trying to imagine Lao-tzu with a blog, but this would definitely fly in the face of his own counsel to
Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
In fact, Lao-tzu tells us the score in the very first stanza of the Tao Te Ching:
The tao that can be blogged
is not the eternal Tao.
and in the last stanza:
True words aren’t bloggable;
bloggable words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t endlessly blogviate to prove their point;
men who endlessly blogviate to prove their point get on my nerves.
If Lao-tzu is correct, then instead of eloquently trying to prove my point, it may be time to shut up in order to facilitate some actual truth and wisdom. Seal the loose canon of the Blogavad Pete-a, so to speak, and move on to my next Mission Impractical.
So, what have I left out? Does anyone have any questions or ideas for future topics, or have we pretty much covered the weirderfront?