and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?
Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.
I recently read Reading Lolita in Teheran, the memoir of the years an Iranian professor of English spent in Iran after the revolution. It was a hard read, mostly because I found it so depressing. We in the West, especially those of us on the left have, I think, forgotten exactly how thuggish the Iranian Theocracy is. The treatment of women really is appalling.
It just goes to show that just because a society has elections with multiple candidates doesn't mean it is free.
I found the book a bit scattered. The literary stuff was a bit dull, honestly. Reading about book clubs is worse than actually subjecting yourself to one. (All the more so when you've only read half the works discussed.) The history bits were the interesting part, but that was only half the book.
I saw the debates...or listened to them while doing other things at least. McCain did ok, but he had to knock one out of the park. The election is over. The only question is how long Obama's coattails will be.
The FoML is sick, so I am home. I am therefore also intensely bored. He's also well enough that he wants attention. The conference call I have at 3 pm is going to be interesting...
I've been feeling like absolute crap myself lately, but it is unclear whether this is some sort of illness, or the toxic combination of not enough exercise, too much caffeine and too much stress. I should try to get to the gym tonight.
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