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Index Card, 001 - Pillow Books
365 Tao, by Deng Ming-Dao.

“The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.”
365 Tao consists of a daily meditation, each one page long, regarding Tao. Taoism is a Chinese philosophy more than 2,000 years old that crosses roads, ideologically at least, with stoicism and anarchy. 

This book was a gift from a dear friend who I don’t talk to anymore. His dedication reads: “Welcome to your 30’s. Let go of your guns.” This morning, I had regret for the distance between me and my old friend. Today’s meditation is titled Farewell and the first lines shook me: “People’s paths come together all too briefly when sharing friendship, but that makes those times no less valuable.” The book relieved me by reminding me of the obvious: nothing is permanent. Nothing stays still. “Friends should walk side by side for as long as their journeys carry them.”

The knowledge of this book appears in a lot of ways. Some days ago, I was thinking if it was a smart decision to share the books I’m planning to talk about. I liked the idea because in this way these index cards will become a living library and my relationship with the books, a fiction. Though I was afraid of the reactions I might get. On today’s page I found this line: “No one “owns” knowledge. It should be freely shared.”

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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