Spontaneity in a Push-up Competition

(By Stoyan Vassev) Our favorite fighter Rigondeaux who seems to fight spontaneously, within his limits.
(By Stoyan Vassev) Our favorite fighter Rigondeaux who seems to fight spontaneously, within his limits.

My brother and Ibelieve it or notwere on our high school’s football team. Although we will have left the team to focus more on school and boxing, we invested ourselves in it, and with the help of our coach, we at one point surpassed most of our peers in strength (speed, not so much). Continue reading Spontaneity in a Push-up Competition

Thoughts on Implicit Bias

Pope Innocent X by Diego Velázquez
Pope Innocent X by Diego Velázquez

In The Zhuangzi, it is written that Confucius says there are two decrees in the world. One is fate and the other is duty. I’m not sure exactly what he means by fate – whether it is determinism involving no free will, propensities mental or physical, or simply death – but it is written that an example of fate is that a son would love his mother, presuming normativity. To put this more generally, the decree of fate is that some things are the way that they are. The second decree that he mentions, the decree of duty, is that a subject would serve under his ruler, that is, one is subject to certain things. Continue reading Thoughts on Implicit Bias

Usefulness and Uselessness

From first impression, this plant doesn't seem nutritious or bothered.
From first impressions, this plant doesn’t seem nutritious or bothered.

Hui met a person who knew about and liked Taoism, and he asked him “why do you not practice its axioms?” He said “I must do something. I must do something before I die.” Continue reading Usefulness and Uselessness

Taoist Musings: Dreams

Beware of the Legend, the Lord, the Conspirator, God(ess) Tao.

Salve! In principio, Laudemus Tao(um).

Lord Tao, I pray that my intent I do not betray, as I muse full heartedly and act as a vessel through which your inspiration can be beheld. To take Zhuangzi’s notion, I once dreamed and like reality it seemed. Of course, I knew it was but the breath of Lord Tao that inspired false reality at the time; and whoever thinks that their dream was real and sublime, I give to her this pity of mine, or even better, a prayer to Tao’s shrine. But this means that I give pity and prayers to myself since I was unaware of the danger that dwells within dreams’ nature. What do I mean? Like Zhuangzi, I had witnessed a dream confused, which now leads me to this contrived muse, but to think it was thus in memory, when it was actually false reality, makes me the greater fool if one can be. The line between what I did in dreaming and what I had yet to do led me into fallacy. When I think back to such deception, it reminds me of the time when Sinon brought all of Troy utterly to sorrow. I remember it like I remember all of tomorrow. So take heed and beware of such treachery by your dreams.

Think hard on whether you liked this post or considered following Taopracticed, as a dream could very well make it seem thus, but not really thus.

How the Taoist is Moral


If ever you find yourself reasoning with someone about what is the most moral way to act when a Cougar falls and can’t get back up, you may say that you should help the Cougar if and only if you are required to do so. Your partner may contrarily say that you should, even though it’s very dangerous, if and only if you want either her know-how or her friendship (with benefits). Continue reading How the Taoist is Moral