Re: The distinguished J.R. Molloy: Pointing & Coding

Robert Owen (
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 00:41:51 -0500

J R Molloy wrote:

> Robert Owen wrote,
> >Yes, well, if we don't use symbols to point, we'll have to
> >use our fingers, which would be rude.
> "Don't bite my finger. Look where I'm pointing."
> --Mulla Nasruddin

Well, this has to be today's winning non sequitur; much more to the point is:

A certain man asked the famous Mulla Nasrudin, "What is the meaning of fate, Mulla?" Mulla replied, "Assumptions." "In what way?" the man asked again.

"Mulla looked at him and said, "You assume things are going to go well, and they don't - that you call bad luck. You assume things are going to go badly and they don't - that you call good luck. You assume that certain things are going to happen or not happen - and you so lack intuition that you don't know what is going to happen. You assume that the future is unknown. When you are caught out - you call that Fate."

> --<>-- --<<<+>>>-- --<>--
> "May you live in eternity's sunrise,
> on the seashore of endless worlds."
> --Willie and Rabindranath

Now I can't let you get away with this, my friend. As a matter of fact, Rabindranath Tagore's "Sadhaka of Universal Man, Baul of Infinite Songs" is one of my favorites but -- WILLIE? One can take a joke, but in this case you've exceeded good taste!

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Not only is your T'ai-chi much improved, but the above graphic is superb. I choose to applaud your talent as an artist, and forget your clumsiness as a prevaricator.


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA