Category Archives: Commentaries

Precedent

“One is forced again and again to re-learn the fact that standards set by precedent are based on something less than average performance, and, for that reason, one should not submit to them.” -Erwin Rommel This is my favorite quote … Continue reading

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And from day to day, everything becomes more subtle and refined.

One of my favorite quotes comes from Francesco Vettori.  I came across it while doing research for my thesis, and ever since, it’s been particularly close to my heart. I thought to myself with what means, with what deceptions, with … Continue reading

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Only One Confucian in Lu!

As I’ve mentioned before, I really like Zhuangzi.  I appreciate his desire to question, to discover what people suppose are the same as what is.  The story below, drawn by Larry Gonick for his incredible series Cartoon History of the Universe, … Continue reading

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Zhuangzi and the Skull

Zhuangzi is one of my favorite philosophers.  He’s generally considered to be the second most important Taoist, after Laozi.  He’s perhaps best known for the story of Zhuangzi and the butterfly, and how after dreaming of being a butterly, Zhuangzi wondered … Continue reading

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