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Thank you

A lot of kind words have been said. Lao Tzu said “Beautiful words are not truthful.” Stupid old sod.

Occasionally I come back to look at the site stats. It’s like watching the heart monitor of a loved one in hospital. There’s not long left now. Sniff. Sniff.

But life goes on. Thanks again for the kind words. This little project has been of immense enjoyment to me. This is made all the more worthwhile by the knowledge that it brought some enjoyment to others too.

Slan go foill!

Categories: Commentaries on TTC
  1. mbfitzmahan
    May 7, 2011 at 14:11

    Really? I just found you. You made me laugh. What could be better than this?

    • Diarmuid
      May 20, 2011 at 06:23

      In what kind of world do we live that I have began to suspect that any complimentary words are really gloved fists containing hidden quantities of advertisements for viagra and cialis?

      I am delighted to have made you laugh, mb. That was one of the main reasons that kept this blog going. As you astutely ask, “What could be better than this?”

      The Venerable Bobby Sands M.P. is credited with the quotation, “Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.” Laughter is probably one of the most potent expressions known to humanity. I once wanted to write my TESOL MA dissertation about the role that it plays within the language classroom but was dissuaded by my superiors. One day, my revenge will be the doctoral thesis about laughter.

      Hasta la victoria siempre!

  2. August 9, 2011 at 23:22

    A brilliant blog which I had wanted to do for years but you’ve done far better. Cheers.

    It’s nice to have a understandable decription as opposed to the loud drunken arguments I used to end up in whilst in China. People don’t get so fussy over Longzi but when it comes to Laozi everyone has an angle. The only thing I managed to decipher after years of anguish was 1 or even 0 and nature. Everything else is a product of that. For us teachers perhaps it’s just learning. Students want to learn and we help them or just stand and late it happen naturally. Somewhere I ended up at 4312 and up to my neck in plans and books which was far from natural.

    I look forward to rummaging through the posts.


    • Lao The Younger
      August 11, 2011 at 04:30

      Thanks Phil. It’s so good to see people still stop by. I’m very fond of this blog. I was wondering whether taoism isn’t about 0,1,2,10000. You definitely would need the two, think I, if you are going to create a dialectic. I hope you enjoy your rummaging.

  3. phil
    August 11, 2011 at 08:46

    From looking at different strands and developments from Taoism there is definitely now too many things just to confuse people and make money. The best example is Tai Chi. Forms with 15.. postures full of repetitions. The original had 6 and before that there was 1 posture ” stand and watch..” then naturally movements flowed from stillness and stillness flowed from movements. Here there is also a vast difference between what teachers teach and what they do at home.

    The more you think the more your reflections on teachings have definite parallels with Lao Zi. Be natural, let things happen, don’t complicate things, the best path is perhaps the easiest, each person is different.

    It’s a bit of a coincidence that I used to learn Chinese in China and my teacher only taught speaking and gave all the examples and references of language about teaching because he knew I’d understand them and I did. Then I read this and it’s the English version. Fantastic.

    I look forward to the book…………….You could do a kids one too like The tao of piglet/poo.

  4. foroneplease
    August 15, 2012 at 18:48

    Why did you stop writing?? your blog is hilarious! Loved it!! :D

    • Lao The Younger
      August 18, 2012 at 17:25

      You’re very kind…but we should be asking the same question to Mr Lao. If he’d kept going, so would I!

      • foroneplease
        August 18, 2012 at 21:56

        Goodness, now how does one contact him ;) Seriously though..great blog!

  5. May 26, 2015 at 01:11

    very glad you’re back!!

    • Diarmuid
      June 3, 2015 at 08:30

      Thank you for coming back!

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