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i learned the first half in 12 step groups in hawaii, attributed to s. francis of assisi, and adopted widely as introductory prayer.

it always hits the wu-wei spot for me.

the second piece, or half perhaps, has an off-note to my ear, though it's small, there is a whiff o' something that crosses a line into maso-fatalism, a congenital suffering as automatic precursor to deliverance.

unless you read 'hardships' as 'challenging boat designs' perhaps...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri May 25th, 2007 at 06:41:00 PM EST
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