How Zen and the Tao can guide you through the modern frenzy.
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In the pursuit of achievement, we're bogged down by the weight of expectations. Modern money-driven society tells us we are aimless—and that this is bad.
They tell us: we must have goals, we must keep score, and we must achieve.
But in the case of the archer, an archer can shoot for the pleasure of shooting, yet when given the task of hitting a bulls-eye... things change.
She must measure herself. She must win. To be content is to be surpassed.
Everyone is an enemy; even her friends are her adversaries. Her life is one of contention, not contentment. Competition, not cooperation.
Modern society tells the archer, she must have a target, or else, how would she satisfy her ego? She will believe of herself: without a target, and without successfully besting her target, she's without worth. She's told: without aim, an archer does not exist.
Yet the archer exists regardless—no matter what she's told...
Misguided goal-setting & resulting
Zen, archery, and Awa Kenzo
Competition and capitalism
High expectations, low resilience
One's worth and existential questions
Shortcuts, hacks, short-term thinking, and human nature
Verschlimmbesserung – worsening improvement: solutions looking for problems
Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel
The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton
Wu wei — trying not to try: effortless action
Networking, using people, and goal-oriented society
Writer vs. gamer mindset
Goal-driven vs. process-driven
If you skip to the end, what life was there?
Curiosity, enthusiasm, and nature
Books I Recommend:
Zen and the Art of Archery – Eugen Herrigel
The Way of Chuang Tzu – Thomas Merton
Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art – Stephen Nachmanovitch
Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science, and the Power of Spontaneity – Edward Slingerland
In Praise of Wasting Time – Alan Lightman
Leisure: The Basis of Culture – Josef Pieper
Theme – Chosen by Ross Bugden
Equal Value – Jared C. Balogh
Springish – Gillicuddy
Cambodian Odyssey – Kevin MacLeod
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