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RESOURCE!: World Civilizations Glossary

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Saturday, May 15, 2004, 20:44
    Not too heavily detailed but a great resource or "launching pad" for
conlang/conculture R&Ding various concepts, values and terms:

Hanuman Zhang, _Gomi no sensei_ [Master of junk] <A

"To live is to scrounge, taking what you can in order to survive. So, since
living is scrounging, the result of our efforts is to amass a pile of rubbish."
- Zhuangzi

"...So what is life for? Life is for beauty & substance & sound & colour; &
even those are often forbidden by law [socio-cultural conventions]. . .Why not
be free & live your own life? Why follow other people's rules & live to please
others?" - Liezi

"Taoism in a nutshell: Shit Happens. Roll with the Punches. Hang 10 - Go with
the Flow!" - anon. California Surfer-Beatnik

    "[The modern economist] is used to measuring the 'standard of living' by
the amount of annual consumption, ... that a man who consumes more is 'better
off' than a man who consumes less.
    "A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively
irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-being, the aim should be
to obtain the maximum of well-being with the minimum of consumption." - E.F.
Schumacher, _Small is Beautiful_

"Western man not merely blighted in some degree every culture that he
touched, whether 'primitive' or advanced, but he also robbed his own descendants of
countless gifts of art & craftsmanship, as well as precious knowledge passed on
only by word of mouth that disappeared with the dying languages of dying
peoples...." - Lewis Mumford, _The Pentagon of Power: The Myth of the Machine_

Non scholæ sed vitæ discimus. (We do not learn for school, but for life.)
- Seneca

"Anarchism's great project is to dissolve the asymmetry of power. How? There
are thousands of alternatives & there is not only one solution. To advance
'one' solution would be a doctrine of power, a manifestation of power." -
Venezuelan University Academic Alfredo Vallota quoted in _El Libertario_

    "1. the world is not at all as it appears to us
      2. under certain conditions it could well become different"
                                        - Andrei Tarkovsky