Trump / Trump / Trump

(esp)
Es presidente :-)
Va bién con el Occidente.

Que no son el 1%
O peór

(nl)
Is president ;-)
Gaat goed met het Westen.

Dat het niet de 1% zal zijn.
Of erger.

(uk)
Is president
Going well with the West ;-)

That it wont be the 1%
Or worse

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AND NOW FOR SOME DUTCH FUN: (LIKE THE BIG BROTHER, OUR INVENTION ! AND THE RED SWIVEL CHAIR (OUR INVENTION TOO ! ). Mr Lubach’s “America First Holland second” gone viral !

From the quite excellent, online, honk kong based (and owned by Ali Baba’s Mr Jack Ma) news source SCMP (South China Morning Post, mobile version bit strange) . Maybe as good as The Guardian,  or the FAZ. . Let’s also mention the Asia Times.

Do we want to be informed ? Or do we only want to hear what we want to hear all the time ?
Is the world still flat ? Or has it become round again ?

This the SCMP article and parodies on Mr Trump’s “America First” speech. Mind you that was the presidential inauguration speech ! Also has “America first XXX second” from India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, China, The Philines, France, Germany. And Nl of course.

FUN, FUNNY !
India second, or 1.5 because they being very adaptable

Dear Mr. President. This video is brought to you from India .

Dear Mr. President. This video is brought to you from India .

Y este por España , ó este ?!.

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81. Tao for the weekend.

(esp: vease abajo)
(nl: zie onder)

81. Tao for the weekend.

The subtitles (click ‘CC’) are not exactly correct.
The idea remains the same.

All 81 little chapters.

mr. laotze on his ox, with a friend

mr. laotze on his ox, with a friend

Bonus ! Some images for the weekend !
If you tire of the music you can always old fashionedly read it. Just search Google for ‘Tao Teh Ching online’. Or hey, maybe buy a ‘book’.



(esp)
Tao para el fin de semana.

Los subtítulos no son exactamente correcto.
La idea sigue siendo la misma.

Todos los 81 capítulos pequeños.


(nl)
Mooie complete vertaling in nederlands vam de 81 kleine hoofdstukjes: http://www.tekensvanleven.nl/

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OBOR. Map.

OBOR. Map.

OBOR = One Belt One Road.
Chinese intiative to reinitiate the Old Silk Route.

From South China Morning Post.
Nice, online english language newspaper to stay au-courant, and bit (china) indoctrinated, about chinese views (recently acquired, by AliBaba’s Jack Ma i think).

obor.

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Found ! Zhongyong. Doctrine of the Mean.

Found !  Zhongyong.  Doctrine of the Mean.

In an earlier posting I mentioned that I could not find an old chinese saying about ‘heaven, nature, and culture’. But now I found it and, silly me, it just happens to be the first line of one of the great 5 classics !

These were books that every aspiring chinese bureaucrat had to learn to pass the time-honoured ( Ming 1368–1644 and Qing 1644 – 1912 dynasties) civil-service examinations. In effect this meant they had to be known by heart (which might explain chinese/asian rote learning (also common in islamic learning) ).

As such it encapsulates, and formed/forms, much of chinese culture. In other words many of the cookie-wisdom sayings come from this book !

It is attributed to be written by Kong Ji, the only grandson of Confucius. It was published as a chapter in the Classic of Rites.

Below are two translations of the first sentence. The first by the venerable Legge (1893). The second by A. Charles Muller from 1991. I also added a third which is by the person i see if i look in the mirror. I do not like the word ‘Duty’ and i think it is very un-Tao- like (even though this is Confucian doctrine, more-over neo-Confucian doctrine).

(Zhongyong / Doctrine of the Mean 1.) 天命之謂性。率性之謂道。修道之謂教
(Legge, 1893)
1. What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty;  the regulation of this path is called Instruction.

(A. Charles Muller, 1991)
1. What Heaven confers is called “nature.” Accordance with this nature is called the Way. Cultivating the Way is called “education.”

(Me, myself and i, 2016)
1. What Heaven confers is called “nature.” Accordance with this nature is called the Way (Tao). Cultivating the Way is called “culture.”

Just for your pleasure, below some other cookies from the same book. A lot has to do with how to order social relations, how to improve yourself, and how to govern a state.

13:3. “When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. What you do not like when done to yourself, do not do to others.” [sounds familiar ? ]

20:18 “Sincerity is the way of Heaven. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men. He who possesses sincerity is he who, without an effort, hits what is right, and apprehends, without the exercise of thought;– he is the sage who naturally and easily embodies the right way. He who attains to sincerity is he who chooses what is good, and firmly holds it fast.”

24:1 “It is characteristic of the most entire sincerity to be able to foreknow. When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens. Such events are seen in the milfoil and tortoise, and affect the movements of the four limbs. When calamity or happiness is about to come, the good shall certainly be foreknown by him, and the evil also. Therefore the individual possessed of the most complete sincerity is like a spirit.”

26:6 “Such being its nature, without any display, it becomes manifested; without any movement, it produces changes; and without any effort, it accomplishes its ends.”

Did you find some other goodies ?

By the way: Aristotle was also busy with a Doctrine of the Mean. The Budhha’s way is also called the Middle Way. Something appealing in not going to extremes it would appear.

Update Een nederlandse vertaling door Dhr. D. Eisma, Den Haag is zojuist verschenen. Mocht u interesse hebben in een bestelling gelieve dit te vermelden in een comment (uw email-adres wordt niet getoond).


Do you want to know more about the ZhongYong / Doctrine of the Mean ?

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doctrine-of-the mean

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Vertalen, Arthur Waley, 2 boeiende! taartpuntjes.

Vertalen, Arthur Waley, 2 boeiende! taartpuntjes.

Ha h@a,

Bij deze ter uwer vermaak twee leuke, interessante, boeiende! stukjes over de edele kunst der vertalen.

Betreft Arthur Waley (née Schloss, Turnbridge Wells, Kent, England, 1889 – 1966 ), één, zoniet -de- meester vertaler van Chinees/Japanse werken. Zijn vertaling van de Tao Te Ching, geldt als hét standaard werk, nog steeds. Had zichzelf, zonder formele opleiding, terwijl hij arbeidde in de gewrochten van de British Museum om de Japanse en Chinese kunst te catalogiseren tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog, Chinees en Japans aangeleerd, en had daarnaast ook nog kennis van een tiental andere talen. Van joodse komaf, ¡ claro !, waarover in eerste taartpuntje ook zeer, zeer, boeiende dingen worden gezegd. Ook over de Bloombury group, en Keynes’ anti-semitisme, en nog meer leuke dingetjes.

Ook over Lin Shu, een vroeg twingste eeuwse, chinese vertaler van westerse werken, zonder dat hij die talen kende. Was zijn Dickens beter dan de Dickens van Dickens ? Een quootje uit 2e taartpuntje: “Waley holds Lin Shu up as a model for translators…”

Is dan toch ‘hineinleben’ [1] (of, onjuist, ‘hineinterpretieren’) de sleutel tot goed vertalen, meer dan kennis van de brontaal ?

Nu moet ik de stukjes nog op mijn tablet zoeken…
Gevonden !
De twee taartpuntjes:

Do you want to know more ? Wikipedia (and they need your 10$):
Arthur Waley
Lin Shu


[1] hineinleben (klein uitstapje)

arthur-waley

arthur waley

 
lin shu

lin shu

 

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First ‘Silk Road’ train arrives in Tehran from China

First ‘Silk Road’ train arrives in Tehran from China

From the very informative, and, for some, bit contrarian site, Asia Times

The article: first-silk-road-train-arrives-in-tehran-from-china

Tehran is envisioning extending the line to Europe.
For China it is part of their (greatly big) “One Belt” [1] initiative.
EU ? EU is busy with big (one-on-one mind you !) airlift to / from Turkey. Of trade and goods ? Nope. Of refugees.
NL ? Nl is busy with very important referendum about the Ukraine.


[1] One_Belt,_One_Road (wikipedia)   |   https://www.clsa.com/special/onebeltoneroad/


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