Here on the left coast of America, where the over-educated fancy themselves as open minded and tolerant, close-minded intolerance is constantly on display — as with this example of political street art and its sidewalk passerby graffiti.
Righteous haters love it here where they can cozy up with other haters and project their mutual hypocrisy. I gotta admit, though, some of their comments are pretty funny.
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In the early 20th century, Japanese orphan Sokei-an Sasaki travels across America and settles into Greenwich Village where he meets his match in Ruth Fuller, a wealthy white Chicago heiress with years of experience in Japanese temples.
Together, though both married to others, their yin-yang attraction re-shaped Sokei-an’s Buddhist Society of America into the First Zen Institute of America, bringing the slow narrow path of Rinzai Zen to the monkey-mind lives of Americans.
To follow their historic romance for yourself, click here.
According to legend, Lao Tzu, an elderly 5th-century-BC archivist, tired of the Zhou dynasty’s increasing corruption and left the empire to live a more honorable, hermetic life in the far-west mountains.
Whether this tale is true — and whether it’s true that Lao Tzu, at the behest of the last mountain sentry, gave the guard his Tao te Ching, his poetic collection of ancient Chinese wisdom — is of no importance.
No matter the myth of the Tao‘s inception — though the more charming the myth the better — what matters is the Tao itself.
And if, despite any evidence, generations have believed this tale, we might as well follow the Tao and be like water, going with the flow, waving farewell to old Lao Tzu as he wanders off toward sunset.
Kim Jong-un, per his friend Dennis Rodman, was born today, January 8, in 1983. If so, that makes Kim a Capricorn, a goat-like CEO in charge of his own one-party republic.
With three major planets in Aquarius – his Mercury, Venus and Mars – Kim must sincerely care about his caged, hermetic people. His seemingly maniacal moves must be truly altruistic, all for the good of humanity.
But his Saturn shows up in Scorpio – same as his moon – making Kim an impassioned leader, an emotional (if not too touchy) decider. He loves his friends deeply, same as he hates his orange-haired DC nemesis.
With his Jupiter, though, in Sagittarius, the goat goes centaur – having himself a blast at the transvestite basketball dance.