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We are dealing with icons that pertain to a series of structural essays on the site.

Icons can help us orient ourselves in texts and so on. Below are the key icons of our Gain-Tao-discourses. Here they are, with very brief explanations of features they suggest, and links to further information.

DAO LORE Quite near the top of a "Build Tao" essay of stringed points, this icon shows the essay tries to hold up one or many quite general ways (means) of gaining or building for some form(s) of Tao that supposedly follow the building-up. It is a program. [More] [More] [More]

The build-up design is shown below:


This how a heading of the first, beginning level of a stepwise "Gain Tao" discourse starts. [More]


The second postulated level of a "Gain Tao" discourse starts like this. [Read more].


The third level of the "Gain Tao" design.

The star ✪ (or a Welcoming Hands) put behind a paragraph or line heralds a proposed welcoming of one or several sorts, and serves to underscore that (some variant of) Tao (Dao) might be gained at this stage. Other paragraphs behind the star belong to the same category, at times marked by (6) also. There is room for some variation as to "decor", but the basic design and grid remains the same throughout. It is a recent development. [More] [More]


The levels are divided into segments. There is room for two segments in each of the first two levels, and room for many more on the third level, as is shown here: [Structural grid] The first paragraph of a segment may be marked by ◇ or some shape that is like it.

Summary and Gist

SUMMARY ICON A magpie with something of use in its beak marks a three-steps summary, consisting of:
  1. One thought or line or period or handsome extract from the first section,
  2. Another from the second section (above),
  3. One from the third section.

Depending on taste and other things, the steps may be seamlessly interwoven, or separated in some way or other. If well shaped and well interacting, the magpie gist may suggest a route to gain by - or one that leads to one's loss, unless one is careful and guarded.

DISTILLED, THEN "In a nutshell" signals that "a summary is summarised", to form gist for thought and a contribution to gain control enough to form a likable or good life. And that is a lot.

Anecdote or Similar

ANECDOTE ICON This icon serves to mark anecdotes when they appear on site pages. Anecdotes round off some table essays, even divergently, as the case may be. [More]


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