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The more time goes on, the more I realize that success in anything is tied less to knowledge or talent, and tied more to action supplemented by knowledge and talent. You can become successful at something without knowing what you're doing. You can become successful at something without having much particular talent at it. But you can never become successful at anything without taking action. Ever.


I constantly have to remind myself to do much this, although I'd put it in the framework of perfectionism rather than procrastination. Technically not doing something is procrastinating, but the reason is that I instinctively think it's not worth doing if I'm not going to be doing it very, very well indeed. But many things merely need to be good enough.

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Do Something

Nope.
Doing nothing is the way to the Tao.

Having to do something to do something wouldn't be the tao/dao/道, but then again neither would doing nothing. I would not say that something is the way to the Tao. Tao isn't a goal, it literally means the way or path in Chinese. Dào is something you can walk upon whilst hoping not to be hit by a car. The Dao can be stated, but it is not the common Dao indeed.

(Dao or Tao is just a matter of transcription into the Latin alphabet, pinyin or Wade-Giles respectively, to a Chinese it would be 道, more about the character in the Wiktionary; Wade-Giles tends to trick westerners, so "dao" is more likely to be pronounced right.)

The Dao can be stated, but it is not the common Dao;
[Its] name can be named, but it is not the common name.
Not-having name is the beginning of the heaven and the earth;
Having name is the mother of the myriad things.
So,
Always not-having desire, thereby can perceive its wonder;
Always having desire, thereby can see its limits.
These two have the same origin, but they differ in name;
Both are called Mystery.
One Mystery plus another Mystery, are the sources of all wonders.

This should be as good an introduction to the problem of taoism as any.

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Do Something

Nope.
Doing nothing is the way to the Tao.

Having to do something to do something wouldn't be the tao/dao/道, but then again neither would doing nothing. I would not say that something is the way to the Tao. Tao isn't a goal, it literally means the way or path in Chinese. Dào is something you can walk upon whilst hoping not to be hit by a car. The Dao can be stated, but it is not the common Dao indeed.

(Dao or Tao is just a matter of transcription into the Latin alphabet, pinyin or Wade-Giles respectively, to a Chinese it would be 道, more about the character in the Wiktionary; Wade-Giles tends to trick westerners, so "dao" is more likely to be pronounced right.)

The Dao can be stated, but it is not the common Dao;
[Its] name can be named, but it is not the common name.
Not-having name is the beginning of the heaven and the earth;
Having name is the mother of the myriad things.
So,
Always not-having desire, thereby can perceive its wonder;
Always having desire, thereby can see its limits.
These two have the same origin, but they differ in name;
Both are called Mystery.
One Mystery plus another Mystery, are the sources of all wonders.

This should be as good an introduction to the problem of taoism as any.

You are confused.
A matter of attitude.

Re: Do Something
Reply #27
We use to say "improving it will ruin it".

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We use to say "improving it will ruin it".

Not so fast, sir!
A 600 year old bra discovered in an Austrian castle.

A more recent development.

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Reply #29

We use to say "improving it will ruin it".
It's close.

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I worked out a long time ago that jimbro has a fascination for breasts so nobody tell his missus indoors.
"Quit you like men:be strong"