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Neo-Capitalist nation: Where is money?
My parents: I’ll do you one better, who is money?
Me: I’ll do you one better, why is money?!!?
Reverse unpopular opinion: Katharine of Aragon?
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Peaky Blinders and Reductress/Onion articles that make absolutely perfect sense together
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Princess Taiping (Taiping gongzhu), after 662– 713 (Tang dynasty), was the youngest of the three daughters of Emperor Gaozong (r. 649– 683) and the only daughter (and youngest child) of Empress Wu. Her family name was Li, but her personal name and the year of her birth are not known. She was one of the most politically active Tang princesses and exerted a great deal of personal influence over the Tang court.
According to the New History of the Tang Dynasty (Xin Tang shu), on the death of her maternal grandmother, Lady of Rong State, she was sent at the age of about six (in 670) to a Daoist temple (Taiping guan) established for her to offer prayers for her grandmother and also to receive blessings for herself. When, however, in 677 a powerful Tufan (or Tubo, an old name for a Tibetan) neighbor asked for the then thirteen-year-old princess as a bride for the tribal leader, Empress Wu found a legitimate excuse for refusing this match by ordering that the princess be installed as head of the Taiping guan. While it has long been accepted that Princess Taiping underwent ordination at a young age, Charles Benn claims that her ordination was “spurious. It is highly improbable that she was ever seriously inducted into the priesthood, actually performed any sort of liturgical or administrative duties in the abbey, or even left the palace.” Benn states that the princess was a nun in name only, a pretense that was finally dropped when she married for the first time.
Source: Lee, Lily Xiao Hong; Wiles, Sue. Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women, Volume II (University of Hong Kong Libraries Publications)
In the Mahabharta, the acclaimed archer Arjuna once had to shoot a fish in the eye from a distance of about 10 feet.
Simple enough right?
Not really. The fish was tied to a revolving pole, 10 feet high with a pail of water placed underneath. The challenge was to hit the fish square in the eye by using the rotating reflection as visual aid.
And he did. Square in the eye. In his first attempt. When asked how he did it, Arjun replied that all he saw was the eye of the fish. Not the fish in its entirety. Just his target.
Years later, this story is still told to little kids when teaching them to focus on what they’re doing. Just focus on bullseye and let the rest fall away. What I take away from this is the notion that it pays to let go of the distractions around us. The bells and whistles. Let all of that fall aside. Calm your racing mind and try to tune in to what truly matters and things will fall into place. I promise.
Just like the Flamingo that stands still on one leg in a flowing pond to catch its prey, we all need to practice bringing some balance and stillness into our form to catch the proverbial fish.