Month: January 2021

Daily Taoist 43:

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I’m a musician so of course I see this one very clearly. But this goes back to something in the translations. I’m not sure what to call them in this current world. In this century. But some people when they translate Lao Tzu: he refers to the “Goody Goodies” or the “Goody Two Shoes.” These are the people who feel good when they can take a rule and then hit somebody with it like a baseball bat and make them bleed. “Well it’s legal. This is the law. You broke the law and now I’m gonna use the law to hurt you.” [evil snicker] And they feel good about it. ua

Those are– They’re actually evil people. But they think they’re good people. That’s the irony. They think they’re the best people in the world but they’re actually very evil.

So we have to go to Buddha for understanding here. And this is one thing– I only rediscovered this a few years ago actually. That guy’s so enlightening!

Buddha said there’s only two things to create an evil person: ignorance and desire.

What? Just two things? Two things and that person is an evil person. Yes. That’s it. All you need is desire and ignorance.

Okay. All you can say is, “I’ll give you a hundred bucks.”

“Oh, I want that hundred bucks.”

“But you have to go over there and kick that dog.”

“Oh. Alright then. I guess it’ll be okay.” He’s ignorant. He goes, “Well I guess you’re not a bad man.” So he kicks the dog. Get’s a hundred bucks. He’s done something evil. It’s that easy. [laughs]

So that’s all evil is. If ignorance: somebody doing something they shouldn’t do if they were smarter–and not kick the dog. Which is dumb. You just don’t do it for a thousand dollars. Don’t do it for a million dollars. Don’t kick the dog. But unfortunately, evil is, “Well, I’m not evil for a hundred. But for a thousand dollars I’ll be evil.”

Evil is evil. All it takes is ignorance and desire. [laughs] It’s terrible. It’s terrible. Ever since I’ve known that I’ve realized, Man! How much evil is in the world. Most people are committing all kinds of little evil acts. So then at some point you create a big evil act and somebody catches you, “You’re evil!” “No I’m not. I’ve never done big evil. Just little evil…” And they don’t think they’re evil. They can’t see it.

So unfortunately the whole world has become blind to the fact we might be doing little evil things. Poisoning a little river. “Oh, It’s just a little bit of poison in the river. It’s not gonna hurt anybody.” That’s ignorance. And the desire was to get rid of it. So out of our ignorance and desires we are evil.

So watch yourself. We’re evil all the time. We justify it.

So back that. So those are the “Goody 2-Shoes.” There’s a lot of those in government. They love to get into government where they can use the government to hurt people. And say, “It’s legal. It’s legal you know. He stepped on that line. And the law says, you step on that line and I can… hit you with a baseball bat. Okay? So he stepped on that line. It’s legal. It’s the law. So.” WHAM. They go and they love to hit people. Anyway these sadistic people are running our government. There’s a lot of evil, evil, evil people who enjoy being evil–running our government. Like Mitch McConnell. He LOVES to jam up the government. For forty years he takes the greatest pride in hurting our country. But he’s getting paid for it. He’s ignorant. He thinks he’s doing something good because somebody’s paying him big money and other people are agreeing with him. So he thinks it’s okay. He’s ignorant. Ignorant–he really is. He’s got that desire for the money and the power. So you put those two together and you have one of the most evil persons in the entire planet running our country.

So anyway, let’s get back to this real quick. And see, I’ll come back to that.

Those are the “goody-goodies.” The people who think they’re the best people in the world and they’re actually doing the most evil in the world. Starting wars and–
“We did this war for your own good.”

Okay. #19b. Avoid adherence or blind observance of the “letter of the laws.”

The “letter of the laws” was in quotation marks. That’s an important thing. Like I was saying, “He stepped on the line.”

Well maybe he tripped. Extenuating circumstances. But this person doesn’t care. They’re only interested in the “letter of the law.” Not the ‘reality of the law.’ You know, maybe he wasn’t going to step on that line. Maybe like I said, he tripped. Or maybe he would’ve stepped on somebody’s foot, so he stepped over their foot so he wouldn’t hurt them, and he did that. And now he’s gonna get punished.

See… if you… “So you still stepped on the line! I’m gonna hit you with this bat.” WHACK. WHACK. WHACK. That’s adhering to the letter of the law. And that’s where our whole world has gone screwy. Because of people trying to hurt people. You know, because they can legally do it.

So I call “The nature of the rule…” The “Nature of the Rule” is if you step on that line–I’m gonna have to make it again. It’s made out of chalk. We’re playing a sport and I’m just getting ready to play so “Don’t step on that line” because then I’m gonna have to back and the chalk roller and make it all nice… We’re playing baseball here.” Or something like that.

You see, so the “letter of the law” is “DON’T STEP ON THAT LINE” before the game because then it’s gonna look ugly and people are gonna show up and somebody’s gonna have to come out and fix it. Okay? So that’s the letter of the law: “Don’t step on the lines before the game.” The chalk lines on the baseball field. But the NATURE of it is because it’ll look good and if somebody trips or falls that doesn’t mean they have to go to jail. You know, you’ve got to fix it. And hopefully that person won’t do it again. Maybe they knew they weren’t supposed to do it. They don’t need to be punished, you know, for stepping on it. And… You get the point–you get the concept. And if you’re smart enough to be listening to me–hopefully you understand what I’m saying. If you’re not smart enough to understand what I’m saying then I lost you a long time ago. I’m not that far here…

Here we go.

Like a musician, do you think about the notes, or do not think about the notes, play the song.

You see, that was a tricky thing last night. I didn’t know what key I was in when I was writing that song. I could hear it in my head. And then I was… I was playing my bass. Doing it like a guitar… And I come back to this thing… “What was that rhythm?” You know, I had to find it. And it wasn’t a matter of seeing it or reading it… it was like, “What was the way I played it?” And then BOOM I’d feel it. “Ah. There it is.” And that was the riff. I was playing THE SONG. Not the notes. I could know what was right. And then when I was playing the chords it was, “No… It’s supposed to go down there. That wasn’t quite right.” And I’m screwing around, “What was it?” And then I’d have to find it. Look for that thing that felt right.

Sometimes I have to explore. Literally have to explore and try, “No let’s go to this…” “THERE we go.” [bass impersonation] And then it felt like it with the progression. Worked for what I was trying to accomplish.

Okay. Here we go. So let’s read the whole thing again.

Lao Tzu says, Avoid adherence or blind observance to the “letter of the laws.” And be always aware of the Nature of the rule. Like a musician do not think about the notes. Play the song.

Alright. So let’s see what I have to inspire you on that. That message that to me means a heck of a lot. [laughs] That’s like one of my– Just like a Motto of my life.

Are you a stickler for details and fine print?

Are you one of those baseball hitters?

What laws do you obey so efficiently that you don’t evaluate all information before deciding what’s right or wrong?

And we do that with our kids, as parents you know. They do something. They break the rules–maybe for a good reason. They break the rules and our first reaction is [growl growl]. [laughs] Maybe there’s a good explanation. Anyway, as a parent listen… and look for the real truth. Don’t just always make–

It simplifies our lives to have rules, and say, “You stay here in this area. You stay here in this area.” It just simplifies it. As a parent I know what it’s like to make rules. But at the same time don’t make so many that– anyway. That’s probably coming up in another one.

Like a soldier or a policeman are you bound to serve laws whether you agree with them or not?

Which laws do your enforce?

Like… now. Our politics… we have terrible laws. Make illegal things we…

Which laws do you enforce you don’t obey.

In other words what laws do you make other people do that you don’t obey?

Especially when you have kids. You make them obey laws that you don’t obey.

So–but you should be able to answer that.

Do you get mad when someone lies to you? Why?

There’s a lot to unpack buried in that which we can’t unpack right now. But that’s very important.

Can you trust someone who has cheated? Why?

I’ll read each question twice.

Do you trust someone who has cheated you? Why?

Do you feel guilt, shame, or frustration when you break a self-imposed rule?

Oooh. That you made yourself.

Do you feel guilt, shame, or frustration when you break a self-imposed rule?

Next, last one: Do you rely on rules to keep you in line?

Like Alcoholics Anonymous? Or religion? Family? Employers? The military? The police? Explain.

One more time: Do you rely on rules to keep you inline?

Alcoholics Anonymous, religion, family, emploers , the military, or police? Explain.

Now yeah. Remember i told you. Yes. I rely on lot you ts of– I don’t know if I’d even call them rules. Like I told you yesterday. I’m making these structures and when I go to a website. What are the rules? What am I going to do when I get there? Okay? Which websites am I going to get and ignore all the rest? Prioritizing. Trying to find a list so I can go down the list and– “Ah. Done.”

That’s it. Because I’ve got so many thousands of things to do. I can never define that. So I’m trying to make things so I can tell when I’ve actually gotten something done. Or at least the most important things. a least

That was #19b of the TAO OF TAOISM – USING THE DAO TE CHING TO IMPROVE YOUR LIFE. That’s what we’re using. We’er going to improve our life with all of this.

So anyway, Buddha Zhen shen-Lang here. Glad to have you along. And yeah, keep thinking. And if you’re thinking then you’re learning. And even if you’re disagreeing with me–at least I got you thinking. It’s okay. You can disagree.

Daily Taoist 42:

NOTE: Missing # 40 and #41 (no videos) probably flubs…

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Hello there. Daily Taoist here. And Buddha Zhen Shen-Lang. Richard Del Connor actually. And I’m going to be continuing on with our TAO OF TAOISM. I’m actually very motivated to get this done. It’s kind of jamming up my system. Because I record these in my iphone, and then I’ve gotta get them off and gotta upload them and waiting… And in that transition–I won’t tell you, but it’s gotten too complicated trying to intermix this with my school things so I’m gonna continue forth and see if we can’t get a nice little–get all the way through these–so I can get back to a couple other projects I’m doing.

So I’m on #19a. Alright? Now we’ve got like twenty. I don’t know how many we have. Because there’s eighty, normally, of the Lao Tzu words of wisdom. Little quotations… paragraphs. There’s about forty–I’ve got about half of them in this book.

So let’s see. #19a web

Let’s see what we can do here.

Lao Tzu says, Be yourself naturally. Decide to do what will not require uncomfortable self-discipline.

And this is really resonating for me. And as I just told you, my self-discipline has become complicated. I have– I’m exceeding… I can do it, but it’s creating risk. And that’s what I’ve got to avoid now. Is I’ve got to make my life function with less risk and possible error. [laughs] You start trying to mix too many functions together and they bump into each other. I’m kind of trying to simplify a little bit. See if I can’t get things to work better.

So anyway, yes, I’m taking this to heart. When I read this the other day, I thought, “Ah man. I’ve got to take that to heart in a big way. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to be myself naturally. I’m not doing things for other people now. It’s really nice. I’m able to devote myself to my projects. My writings and my studies. My web design and my Kung Fu and my philosophy.

I haven’t even gotten to my philosophy and my poetry although I did finally write a song yesterday. I’ve been trying so hard not to. I don’t think I’ve written a song- oh yeah I did. I wrote, “My Birthday Song.” On February 4th I just started playing and I wrote a song. I just couldn’t help it. [laughs] It was an accident. In fact, I wrote it on camera. I kind of had the idea. I thought, “Ah this is kind of cute. Let’s record it and see what happens.” Boom. A song came out. Just like that. So that was an accidental song. So that’s the only song I’ve written this year.

And yesterday I wrote a song. And it’s just a– there’s a couple of songs that are bubbling inside of me. It’s like bugging me. They’re bugging me. But I don’t want to take the time to do them. Then I’ve gotta write them. Gotta catalog them. And do this– It’s a lot of work to write a song. It’s like having a child. Register them and then you’ve got to feed them. Find a place for them. [laughs] So my songs are my children. So in a way I’m trying not to have children. I’m actually trying not to write songs. But yesterday I wrote a song. And I wrote it on my bass. I was jamming away having a good time. In fact I was actually playing to one of my old records. Playing a bunch of my favorite songs I love to play my bass to. One was “HOUSE OF REJECTION.” On the American Zen LEVEL 3 album. Listen to that song. Listen to the bass on it. [bass impersonation] It’s really a nice little– It’s got some really neat stuff in it. Fun song to play bass to.

So I was hearing it.. And I was playing along… and pretty soon my bass just wanted to just keep playing… WHAMMO. I found myself writing a song. “This is really cool. This has a great vibe! And I wanna record this.” And so kind of like what I did with the other song, I just started recording it… and I kind of stumbled. And I thought, “Let me try again.” And so I stopped it. And then I tried it again and WHAMMO. This time I came out with the whole song with like one mistake right there, in the first third and I said, “Is that really a song?” I played it through and I wrote out a little chord chart and thought, “Yeah! That’s a cool little song.” You know, it’s got the verse, choruses… and I’m happy with it. I could turn that into–definitely. So without making a real dynamic song I rewound it again. Went and got my flute. Came back in, played it and go, “Oh man! I could jam…” But it was just an accident. I didn’t even know what key it was in. I was actually in the key of “G.” [laughs] Which I normally never write in. It’s not that I don’t write in the key of G but I take that back it was “D.” I don’t know. I don’t really write in any keys. I just write where it sounds good, and then say, “Well what is it?” And it was actually I think in the key of “D.” But actually not really because it’s in the blues “D” so really it’s in the key of “B-major” I think. I don’t know.

I learned music fifty years ago. I just know how to use it. [laughs] I couldn’t teach it. Anyway. But it came out really neat. I had a name it to give it a song. I couldn’t help it. The song name was in my mind when I wrote it. Then it was in my, my– I apologize… It’s a little sensational… But I could think of a better name, but no I couldn’t. I really couldn’t. If I came up with any other name, it would be a fake name. [laughs] I’d be like forcing it on. “This is your name.” “I don’t want that name.”

Anyway, the name of the song is, “My Corona.” I know, that’s just…[laughs] I have a song called. “The Reason Why” which I recorded back in ’79. Or 78. ’79. ’80. Right around that time. 1978? I’m not sure. ’78 or ’79. Anyway I actually think I wrote it in San Diego. I was going back and forth for a love affair. So it was about– No, it wasn’t about her. Sheesh. Had all these love affairs going at the same time.

No. This is the song about the girl I met at Canter’s Deli. I was standing in line at Canter’s Deli and there was some really attractive Jewish girl. Standing in line with this attractive Jewish girl, we hit it off. Her sister was there and we ended up having a relationship. Deanna Rubenstein I think was her name. And a wonderful girl. She was talented. She actually had musical talent. I don’t know what happened to her. Deanna Rubenstein: say, “Hi,” if you’re out there! I’ve always had good thoughts about you.

And anyway, where were we?

I think I’m gonna have to start this over. Maybe not.

This is be yourself naturally.

Anyway, in terms of being myself naturally–I’ve… if this works — oh here’s what– I’ll tell you this: If this works. If this Instgram thing works I’ll continue it.

But I’m cutting I think my Patreon accounts. I’ve got two Patreon accounts. Zero dollars. Gotta stop asking. I’ve got a couple GO FUND ME accounts. Gotta trash those. I’ve got a– I mean I’ve been reaching out for help and trying to expand my network–it hasn’t worked. And now that I’m being natural I don’t want all these tasks and chores that are none productive.

So anyway, this is your chance INSTAGRAM. If you like this and you want to keep going I’ll keep going on it. Otherwise SNIP I’ll cut my Instagram channel.

You know. What’s happening? I’ve got like a dozen people here. And I’ve been here five years. So that’s not working.

Okay. Here we go.

#19a: Be yourself naturally. Decide what will not require uncomfortable self-discipline.

Ah man. I’m right in the middle of this one now. So I’m working on it.

So real quickly. Let’s go down the page and see if I can get out of here fast enough, and still make the IGTV threshold.

How much effort does it require for you to stay healthy and organized?

That’s an important question. A friend of mine passed away recently. And he was only 44 years old. And he said it was his fault. He lived an unhealthy life for awhile. The result is he ended up paying the price and dying at 44 years old.

And he used to tell me, “It’s my fault.” And I’d say, “Don’t say that.” It hurt me. But after, I realized that it was his fault. And anyway.

How much effort does it require for you to stay healthy and organized?

Yeah. Think about that. Make more effort–whatever it is. But make it so it’s not so much effort. Make it a lifestyle. See, that’s what I’m in. I’m in a lifestyle. So it’s easier to stay healthy. I’ve got routines. A rhythm. I can tell when I’m not being healthy or I’m not living a healthy lifestyle. When I’m not eating regularly–it’s all obvious.

What are your weaknesses that require extra effort?

What are your WEAKNESSES that require extra effort?

We all have them, to overcome. Like me. I’m too busy. I’ve got too many things. My weakness is that I tend to get too many things going at the same time.

What promises or responsibilities do you have that require extra effort?

Alright. Here it is to YOU. What promises or responsibilities do YOU have that require EXTRA effort?

Well I used to have kids. That required a lot of extra effort. I had to cook for them. Clean and take them to school.

What promises or responsibilities do you have that require extra effort?

Whoops. I have the same question here. A typo. I was probably supposed to change it up some way. I don’t know what happened there.

How do you waste time?

Everybody does. We all have our little ‘sways. You know, sometimes it’s not a matter of wasting time–we need to give ourselves a certain amount of free time. You have to be able to have that ice cdream break or something, once a day. You know but, you need to have your extra time. That’s– so wasting time, that’s different. Wasting time means you know you haven’t gotten anything done. You…maybe didn’t even need to rest. Resting is not wasting time. You’re wasting time if you don’t need to rest.

When playing games, how do you know when to stop.

Hey. There’s a tough one. [laughs] When you start playing a videogame, how do you know when to stop?

How often do you THINK you’ve wasted time?

So do you feel guilty about it. Or are you oblivious to the concept?

How could you be more efficient?

I’m not saying how or what. How could you be more efficient? Everybody could be more efficient. How can you?

How could you waste less time?

I used to get to the point where I was so haggard from raising my– not haggard– pressed for time to work on my books and my business–that I got to the point where I was brushing my teeth as fast as I could. I was tieing my shoes in a way I could slip my shoes on. Every minute counted because I was on these little deadlines to get to school, to do this… I started cutting down little things to make my time more efficient and–Wow! I don’t want to do that again! But I did. I was working with all these time constraints throughout the day. So I had to really work withing those time constraints. Waste less time.

How could you get more accomplished?

Yeah. That’s my goal now. How do I get more accomplished?

So I’m scheduling myself in certain days, times andspending a lot of time organizing my notebooks. Trying to put these schedules… What do I do as a webmaster? What’s my schedule? So that I know when I’m a webmaster I’m getting everything done?

So I’ve got this one thing I do. And I go and I check on these websites… ANd I got o this website and I’v got a little four pint of five point checklist…

And so I’m trying to make little lists to force myself to be more efficient. But to be more efficient takes a lot of work. So efficiency and work actually go together. You can’t get away from the work. Sometimes you have to put the extra work into planning how to be more efficient. ANd then you spend less work, you know, working more efficiently. But you’ve got to put that extra effort in to create that concept and structure. So the work is always there. If you’re hiding from the work, you’ve lost already. You’ve got to always be investing the work. Feel good about always doing what’s required.

Let’s get out of here before I hit my IGTV threshold.

This was #19a in the TAO OF TAOISM by yours truly, the author, Richard Del Connor, Buddha Zhen.

And yeah. Be more efficient. And get more done. That’s it. [laughs]

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