The Thousand Character Classic, 千字文
The Thousand Character Classic, the last of the three great language books for Chinese school children written in the 6th century, includes 1,000 unique characters —no repetition—250 lines of Chinese characters written four across in four rhyming lines used by school children to learn a standard set of characters.
Sky is blue and black, the ground is yellow.
The universe is formed in a state of chaos and obscurity.
The sun is straighten and tilted,
The moon is waxes and wanes.
Stars filled the boundless sky.
A calligraphy of the Thousand Character Classic translation and brush in Seal Script by Janney.
Took the BART to San Francisco, first time since Covid 19., five weeks after vaccine #2,
The TransAmerica building, used to be the tallest building in San Francisco,
and on the escalator inside the Sales Force Bus Terminal complex , with the Sales Force building now the tallest building in San Francisco.
The public garden in the Sales Force complex.
Reflections in street windows are like constantly changing paintings. Are they more real than a painting?
Cannot imagine where this stair case goes or why it is there, its a long climb if you are just going from one building to another carrying something heavy to a different department.
“When did people commonly think the future would be different? Homo Sapiens have been here for over 200,000 years; “modern life is about 6000 years old,” about 3%. yet think how long it took for people to develop technology until, as a society they began to think of the possibility of a better life in the future because of human capabilities. Before, life would just be adapting “best as you can” to forces beyond our ken.
Practicing Social Distancing” along Market Street.
Everyday doing the same thing for tens of thousands of years doing the same thing, day in, day, Get up in the morning, move forward step by step maintaining in the same direction. For tens of centuries it must have looked like the future, the present and the past were the same.
And then at some point human technology gave people hope, not that they would get though this day, but that because of human technology tomorrow would be better,. Just don”t let ourself get lost if you don”t know how to find yourself.
Does it make any difference what our day is like, we have to live it, we have to have feelings, we have to be born and die. And through all of that we have to live with ourselves. But it is technology has given human beings hope for a better tomorrow, a raison d’etre inspite of the abuse of power An old bluegrass song comes to mind:
Little birdie, little birdie
Won’t you sing to me your song
Got a short time to stay here
And a long time to be gone
Wonder what these relief letters looked like when they were originally made.
If when I give the student one corner of the subject, he cannot find the other three for himself , I do not repeat my lesson.
Confucius (its an old quote, Confucius would say to please feel free to translate he as she. ed.)
Repairing the BART escalator or maybe they open the top every so often to give the guy who lives there a little fresh air.
Who is left to blame? Only the messenger who has no name that is not the same as everyone else who came.
Some places appear more friendly than others, a path made easy hints at a secret waiting the hiker around the corner . . .
and another path obviously appears difficult.
What would happen if there were no gravity and no temperature ? Of course we, you and I , would not be alive but being human we can imagine it.
Would every thing be falling down forever? or just stay fixed in one position forever. Forever and now would be the same, there would be no calendar , no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, nobody, no mind. But guess we have heard that one before.
One man’s hands can’t tear a prison down
Two men’s hands can’t tear a prison down
But if two and two and fifty make a million
We’ll see that day come round
We’ll see that day come round.
One Man’s Hands, Pete Seeger
What is the sound when I am lost and calling out to find myself ?
That is why I need four hands, three cameras and two heads to get a real photograph.
Gate Gate, para gate, parasangate, Bodhisvaha