Saturday, August 18, 2012

Still waters run deep


I was reading Tai-Pan last night.  Many characters in Clavalls writings are person's of great reserve (like LuMo) and calm confidence.  And the characters in Tai-Pan are no different.  As I was reading, it occurred to me that this is a rare quality in western society.  In America we're often encouraged to express ourselves openly and wholeheartedly, which isn't good all the time.  But it's not healthy to be wound up like geisha feet either.  Balance, so much comes back to it.

Mainstream mores here don't teach us that behind the placid exterior there often hides a deep and passionate person with a subtle but strong nature of great desire & intent.  It's too bad too, because I think this demure outward expression communicates far more effectively than pontificating opinions, observations and desires and often times the unassuming communicates with more elegance and grace.  Missing this is everyone's loss.

Is there a musical instrument more innocuous and yet as expressive as a ukalally.  It speaks through us with cords like no other instrument.  This tune by Eddie Vedder, and the lines from it below, show what I'm trying to say.
 'And when the time is right, 
I hope that you'll respond
like when the wind gets tired
the ocean becomes calm'   -E.Vedder 

Peace & roll strong.

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