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Re: CHAT!: Tao Te Ching (was Re: (OT) Morality (was: Re: aesthetic

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2002, 20:14
J Y S Czhang scripsit:

> I did not know she also went by a Native Americanized "nom de plume."
Some people have been known to call her that; I don't know that she's ever used the term herself, but it's possible. I myself saw it in an Amazon review of one of her books.
> BTW I recently acquired Jonathan Star's translation and commentary titled > _Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition_. I am fairly impressed with his > format of verbatim translation and "literal character definitions that allow > the reader to create his or her own interpretation." My father is also > impressed... thinks it is the best English translation to date.
Excellent! Someone has needed to update the Paul Carus version (of 1898!) -- done in just this style -- for a long time.
> I don't even know who Laurens Van Der Post was... Can you fill me in?
The extraordinary life of Laurens van der Post is not easily capsulized. Author of of many books, farmer, soldier, prisoner of war, political adviser to British heads of state, educator, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer, and conservationist are titles that barely indicate the depth and breadth of this rare individual. Born in 1906 in the interior of southern Africa, he lived among the people who created the first blueprint for life on earth, becoming the principal chronicler of the Stone Age Kalahari Bushmen. He was also one of C.G. Jung's closest friends for sixteen years. Van der Post dedicated his life to teaching the meaning and value of indigenous cultures in the modern world, a world he felt is in danger of losing its spiritual identity to technology, prejudice, empty values, and a lack of understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on earth. Awarded a knighthood (the C.B.E.) in 1981, Sir Laurens died after his 90th birthday, in December, 1996. -- a handy Web site To which one might add to the other functions, prisoner of war, and according to some: liar, self-promoter, and bullshit artist. He was among the first Afrikaners to come out openly against apartheid. His fiction (granted, it can be hard to tell which is which) and non-fiction about Africa, culture, and the human condition are incomparable. A short work of his, "Witness to a Last Will of Man" is online at , and gives very clearly the flavor of his mind. And here are some selected quotations: -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_