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Do not disregard small misdeeds,
Thinking they are harmless,
Because even tiny sparks of flame,
Can set fire to a mountain of hay.

- Sutra of the Wise and Foolish (Pearcey 2008)

Maybe good guidance tells you how to get friends and keep the good ones. If so, in turn it might help decent accomplishments and keeping a home intact for long too, which is a kind of sublime success. Hence, perseverance is a key. Besides, breadth of character helps many, and breadth of vision helps some, hopefully.

Nice ideas that others have not put into practice before, could benefit us if we master them in some practice. Much depends on practical outlets and good outfit these days.

These are figurative mentions:

"In the light of the setting sun" - old age is approaching. A mountain that eventually "splits" - one's body ceases to function.

"Nourishing experiences to store" - language and other forms of art can be for that. Somehow they attune our souls to deep experiences by various tales or sayings - experiences that are well preserved (stored), may contain good bites to digest. In such ways the experiences of one person may serve many, and the accumulated experiences of many may serve one. That is in part what proverbs are about.

Not just the body needs good nourishment; the mind and soul needs it too. There are different forms of sound nourishment. Sound ◦meditation, like TM is for relaxing and getting vitalised and perhaps nourishing the mind on the deeper levels. There are different kinds of meditation, different effects, and many levels of accomplishment. There is research that documents how good TM is for destressing, and in consequence preventing stress-linked diseases.

After meditation, one may reflect on words of wisdom. In Tibetan, it is termed lojong. It is contemplating on titbits - and acting on some of them might be profitable if they are well chosen in general, and suits the practitioner too. In Eugen Herrigel's books Zen and the Art of Archery, a Zen teacher tells how calm training is to be. Hints may be applied for other forms of training. They could be applied to gain skills for a living too. Relaxing, being calm, goes into methodical training with good performance as its outlet in due time. (Herrigel 1989)

To have good company is a blessing too. Buddha reveals the difference between good friends and bad friends, and many more factors that may lead to blessings in life. Now, if good company is lacking, books and great ideas may fill in something also.

Today there are perhaps 350 entries and somewhere around 950 broad hints on the pages of this slender online book. In some cases there are links to partial answers to "how's". Sorting and implementing 'hows' well could be a lot up to you. See the Gain Tao page.


Hope - Example

You will find these sayings in rather arbitrary order under "hope":

To hope is not always to cope. Hoping that lead to good coping can be OK.

Unfounded hope does not signify that we prepare for the worst.

Hopes outside rustic living are largely unfounded.

To put fervent hopes in soap may turn many guys into dopes.

There is sound hope and not sound hope. Hope in reaching artistry comes in between.

On the way to making able use of them, if possible, one should group them according to "first things first" and "one step at a time". First, one can sort them into three groups by surveying them - asking:

  1. "Does this lesson suggest any basic information in this field?" If so, I can place the saying in the first group.
  2. "Does it contain something to stand on, be based on? If so, what is it?"
  3. "Does it contain anything valuable to implement by carefully sifting things from the two first groups somehow?"

Caveats aside, it tends to help if we sort plausible statements or what is behind them into three basic groups: it allows for stage-wise progress in a field or track, and a form of good performance in time too, if things go well.

It may not always be clear-cut which group to place a statement in, though. There are in fact lots of cases where there are more than one "right" place to put a statement, for the interpretations of it, and the uses of it. may differ as results that. Interpreting brief statements is far from clear-cut, so to allow for differences of opinion is fit too. The basic schema is made to allow for variant interpretations of one and the same statement in that a saying can be put in one group or in two or three, for example. It helps to go for the most reasonable, plausible alternative(s). Details of the sorting is explained elsewhere. [More]

The three first groups may be subdivided. Accordingly, one can sort the statements of these three groups in a more refined way, by dividing the first and second group in two, and the third group in five. Thus: the numbers 1 and 2 apply to items of the group of basics above, numbers 3 and 4 apply to items of the second group to rest on. Numbers 5 through 9 apply to items of the third group, and when the number 6 appears along this figurative bead, a Tao gain may be found, and it may be good.

By applying this novelty of gaining a Tao, one could profit from ideas on hope too - it is through applying the schema ideas to the sayings on hope. Here is a sorting:


There is Sound Hope and Unfounded Hope

The sound hope comes true. Unfounded hope seldom comes true. If unfounded hope comes true, it may be for "other reasons". And there is room for some grey zone in the middle. How to benefit from hopes is a lot. You ought to anchor your hopes in statistics, if no hard facts are found. For example, use statistics to ask, "What are the odds?" - the odds for this and that to happen under such and such conditions for such and such people, that is. By using the schema here, you could end up benefiting from hopes if you (a) learn to select fit high hopes and (b) get from high hopes to the anchored or well grounded hopes and (c) distil useful from that again. It is much "abc-ish" or 1-2-3-ish with a few subdivisions to handle nuances too.

Hopes and beliefs may be tested, by using them as provisional tenets to be tested. Or if they have been well tested by others, study the outcomes of that to spare you the trouble of hoping to your loss or worse.

When testing hopes and beliefs, doubts also set in. It could all be used to our profit - hopes, beliefs and doubts. Basic research uses doubts (in the form of alternative hypotheses) to get to kernels that may prove useful, even handy. So how to get the edge of hopes, beliefs and doubts is fit for a human being. It is a corollary to getting the edge on hopes. Another page goes into how to go ahead with "winning faith and doubts" a Zen way. [Hope and doubt well - and to your advantage]

LoHopes outside rustic living may turn people into dopes soon enough

1 To put fervent hopes in soap may turn many guys into dopes.

2 Hopes outside rustic living are largely unfounded.

LoMany find ways to profit on the backs of dopes with marring or vain hopes

3 [Added by the accompanying table-based metrics:] Many see a way of good coping by turning others into dopes with few or no hopes. [Alas to that, but it has taken over in a lot of settings.]. 4 [Added by metrics:] To hope in rustic living may lead to largely unfounded coping, unless you can manage all right there (It takes time to find out).]

LoSound hope does not largely stultify firm coping on behalf of yourself, your family, or kin

5 To hope is not always to cope. Hoping that lead to good coping can be OK.

6 There is sound hope and not sound hope. Hope in reaching artistry comes in between. ✪ 

6 Unfounded hope does not signify that we prepare for the worst.

Step by step a Way (Tao route) may be trodden. A summary of selected points from the "1-2-3-portioned essay" is put at the end for those who like to read the summary first for good reasons - one reason is that gist may serve as memory pegs for the essays:


In sum
  1. Hopes outside rustic living may turn people into dopes [i.e., stupids] soon enough.
  2. Many find ways to profit on the backs of dopes with marring or vain hopes.
  3. Sound hopes do not largely stultify firm coping on behalf of yourself, your family, or kin, but help you all keeping merry and all right.

A general trek of the tick tack tao design - the Gain Tao trek - is supported by text icons and words that sum up topics from the large groups named "1", "2", and "3", and in that order:

In a nutshell Hope in rustic living and to make a profit from it, without stultifying your kin or others by that.

COMMENT: It is at times feasible to forge a loose sort of training program from the tick tack tao (1-2-3-sectioned) summary.

The dominant, global trend of urbanisation had better be made useful to common citizens, or there will be greater differences between exploiting well off people and all the others, who get fooled too much and for too long. There are hazards to good living already, and more is yet to come unless . . .

The summary parts and their summary in a nutshell often point at something important, even to large and global trends. To apply the insights locally is a challenge, and far from easy. It may work better for a group.

If you revolt at using and abusing labourers and consumers for exploiting man's profit , you may warn against those goings in fit ways and not others. Find some friendly group to support, as you feel for it.

There is perhaps no decent way "out of here", even if there is a way. When it comes to selecting the parts that go into the Tao route, it is very much up to you, for the schemed Tao way you have been given, is also a way of several choices. I encourage that your first priority is to select the ones you feel for, and secondly see if their outcomes can be decent too. If that is hardly so, why not join Care2 and other organisations against stultifying agents - alcohol, tobacco, bad movies and TV programs, abuse of workers - to make the best out of things and try to stop the profiteers without clowning. That could be good for you and others to come.

Considering the state of the planet, be very careful if you try to apply any of these teachings for exploiters are hard-headed and greed-ridden most of the time, if not hard-hearted all the way through, and with plenty resources too. Anyway, this has served as a briefing on how to apply thematic sayings to your benefit, and maybe to the benefits of others.

You have got an example. Details and basic philosophy that come along with it, may be studied on Tao pages on-site. There are links in the first section.

"Every little helps (British proverb)."



Kinnes quotations, citations, quips, sayings, extracts, Tormod Kinnes citations, Literature  

Herrigel, Eugen. Zen in the Art of Archery. New York: Vintage Books, 1989.

Partnow, Elaine Bernstein, comp, ed. The Quotable Woman, Revised Edition: The First 5,000 Years. Rev. ed. New York: Facts on File, 2011.

Pearcey, Adam. A Compendium of Quotations. 6th ed. Pharping, Nepal: Lotsawa School, 2008.

Ratcliffe, Susan, ed. The Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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