Summer Reading –

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It’s time to get my summer reading list going.  This summer I am going ( to try ) and (re)read the Song of Ice and Fire series.  I have already read A Game of Thrones , A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords, so those will be my re-reading to bet back into the series. I will then get to A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons…

Now I don’t read really fast, I tend to view reading like walking down a mountain path. I stop at a particularly nice flower ( sentence or even paragraph ) and read it two or even three times.  I have even been known to go back and read a really good chapter again; or I might get distracted and wander off the main path entirely and search out stuff related to what i’m reading.  Reading on an iPad makes this particular sojourn  even more easy and appealing since all I have to do is highlight something and voi-là I’m magically taken to what/where ever i was distracted by ….

So …. I will keep you apprised as to my progress as I venture back into the lands Westeros and all happiness and tumult that that can inspire ….

Daily Tao / 160 – Superstition

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The voices of ghosts are so familiar,
They whisper to me every day.
You, so young and rich,
Make assumptions with absolute assurance.
I vacillate between superstition and tradition.
You don’t need to question.

Tradition is the oral delivery of rites and customs from generation to generation. Superstition is belief inconsistent with what society generally considers true and rational. When tradition and superstition become bound together, it is a sign of trouble. For example, a woman was once taught not to wash her hair on anybody’s birthday. Whenever she protested this, the answer was “Don’t question!” Years later, she learned that in the old country, letting one’s hair down was a sign of mourning and thus inauspicious on a birthday. What was etiquette in one generation became superstition in another.

Those raised with traditions and superstitions are often torn between the extremes of biculturalism. Their inbred beliefs conflict with current knowledge and quickly changing culture, creating doubt and uncertainty.

There has to be informed revision to all tradition if it is not to degenerate into superstition. The true substance of any tradition will take new form without compromising its inherent character. If not, it will just become the outmoded beliefs of old people, and it will fade into ghostly whispers.