Higher Things

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Monday, 27 December 2010

The Christmas break gives us the chance to think of higher things.
Like the great Chinese sage Lao Tse who guided his people with the philosophy of NOTHING. The contemplation of nothing set a trend in world history and also helped cure insomnia.

Western philosophy has intriguing similarities. The great poem by someone who never got around to signing his name runs:
'I'm busy doing nothing
All the whole day through
Trying to find lots of things not to do'
inspired generations of civil servants and the philosopher Bertrand Russell whose fine essay 'In Praise of Idleness' developed the conception of doing NO THING.
Thus we have the fruition of two fine traditions of thought from the East and West.
It is the great paradox: In thinking and doing nothing, life thrives.

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