Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hello 2017

Hello, 2017!

Ikkyū (1394–1481), a Japanese Zen monk & mystic, left his unique philosophy to us as the form of poetry called KYOUKA. This is one of his lines that tells us the meaning of the New Year: 

The New Year’s Day comes once a year
Which is the milestone of your journey.
(Your life is a journey to Heaven.)
When you have come to the new milestone, 
Celebrate it & think seriously about the rest of your life!

May 2017 be the best year of your life!

blind bard
the editor of LIFE IS A JOKE, 
a collection of quotations, sayings, verses, 
& any other things made with words 
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a collection of quotations, sayings, verses, & any other things made with words that entertain us.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Uncle Sam's Trump

Uncle Sam’s Trump

Just Luck? The art of his deal? Or true popularity? Donald Trump (b. 1946) has won the US presidential election on Nov 8th, 2016, anyway. He has experienced many business  successes & several bankruptcies, since he attained control of his family business, a small real estate development firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son (later renamed “The Trump Organization”), 1971. During the 2016 election campaign, he defied all politically correct terms, rated women by looks, made the Hispanic & Muslim peoples scapegoats, & judged the Japanese to be cunning. He is politically called a racist, populist, nationalist, or fascist,  but it is true that he is really a super conservative, whose  thought is as old as the idea of the two emperors who lived about 2,000 years ago, Hadrianus of the Roman Empire & Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty of China.  Trump says that he will build the wall along the border in the 21st century when numberless airplanes fly around all over the world. It is uncertain whether he will make America great again (not great now?) but it is certain that he will never give up until his triumph. He is tough & smart in walking in his life:
Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.

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