Hagar the Horrible and Thinking
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THE CREATOR of the Hagar family series, Dik (Richard) Browne (1917-89), was an American cartoonist. Browne told that the often confused Hagar was Norwegian - a reluctant taxpayer with amusingly imperfect success in dealing with his joblooting and pillagingand home life, dealing with the comme il faut.
Hagar won worldwide recognition after being created and launched in 1973.
"The likable one learns to ask for a second opinion to avoid getting stuck in the next best things of life." [Maxim]
Now compare the slope scene above with a Taoist image.
You see the slopy illustration conforms in main outline to the traditional yin yang emblem, but for its squareness and the dividing or meeting zone between yin and yang. The traditional emblem has it curved, like a mirrored S.
Now we have come round to a sort of "slope figure" again. Thus we have presented very basic outlooks in the gentle all-round lore that we are (all) for: The world darkness (yin), the heavenly brightness (yang), and a way of balance or reconciliations and much else: (Tao). The added words are deep Chinese terms that can be up to perfect matches at times, depending on the settings.
The very fit meditation, diving, that may go along with it, consists in digging into the mountain slope somewhat like a ice bear and thrive - find happiness inside by diving well into yang - and climb along as well. Climbing and diving are metaphors; they have been coupled. There is nothing wrong with that . . .
This bird's-eye'view from a formidable world philosophy (Taoism) is almost completed.
The Persons of Tao are humble ...
On tiptoe your stance is unsteady;
- from Tao-te Ching, ch. 24, in Raymond Blakney's translation.
Bao: Blakney, Raymond Bernard. The Way of Life: Lao Tzu: A New Translation of the Tao Te Ching. New York: New American/Mentor, 1955.
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