Stop, stop. Do not speak.
A good one from Penguin.
Myself, I find stuff worth pondering in Gateless Gate:
(you can skip Mumon’s comment if you want, it’s not on the quiz)
In some translations springtime is rendered as Long June
the only book I’ll ever need?!
if I want to learn more about China I can pick up this month’s Westways:
Lol did somebody pitch Westways “how about a story about China?”
WESTWAYS EDITOR: what angle?
PITCHER: Everything from cities to cuisine! All the facets!
PITCHER: Well, many facets.
EDITOR: Is there enough there?
PITCHER: I think so. Did you know it is a 5,000 year old civilization?
EDITOR: Wow! OK let’s also have a piece on Iceland and car racing for amateurs and I think we’re good!
Something about the health care debate got me pondering Pope Francis’ quote in a 2013 interview that the Church should be like a field hospital after a battle.
“I can clearly see that what the Church needs today is the ability to heal wounds and warm the hearts of faithful, it needs to be by their side. I see the Church as a field hospital after a battle. It’s pointless to ask a seriously injured patient whether his cholesterol or blood sugar levels are high! It’s his wounds that need to be healed. The rest we can talk about later. Now we must think about treating those wounds. And we need to start from the bottom.”
There’s a lot of good writing about field hospitals after battles. Walt Whitman and Hemingway both saw some firsthand. Or how about
I never really watched MASH tbh and got kinda sad when it would come on instead of something more fun.
How to react:
Reading some of the sayings of The Prophet, the Hadith, in Thomas Cleary’s translation:
A word of warning for PEOTUS:
Finally getting down to this one. Not all old philosophical classics are easy reading but Boethius gets off to a rip-roaring start. He’s got the Muses of Poetry at his bedside trying to cheer him up when all of a sudden Philosophy appears:
Philosophy is like
A lot of credit is probably due to the translator, Victor Watts. He sounds like just the man for the job: