Born 7-Tzi: Mariah Carey, Charles Lloyd (Jazz), Golda Meir, Anwar Sadat, Jennifer Connelly, Tony Danza, Bobby Fisher, Bireli lagrene, Doddi El Fayed
In the post-truth funhouse that the world has so recently become, classic materialists cannot fathom value unless it can be boiled down to material gain. Material value can always be measured and compared to other values, in order to make practical decisions. This is how you move up in the material world, and hook up with material girls.
As an example, any self-respecting self-improvement coach will first tell you that achieving a goal immediately means the next goal is set higher. You upgrade your car to something shinier, and very soon you’ll be jealous again. Bummer, right? No! This is very good, the coach continues, because it keeps you hungry and ambitious, as you should be.
It does make some kind of sense. If you’re an athlete it’s a great attitude; an ambitious contestant is usually lauded and appreciated. But sports is set apart from real life, and its players aren’t driven by material success, strictly speaking. Sport is a competition held within a controlled and official setting, where errors, foul play, and lack of ability are called out and dealt with by impartial umpires and coaches. Therefore Justice and fairness are not only possible, they come part and parcel with the game. Because it’s PLAY.
Stepping away from Sports and considering a wider view of life, constant ambition and never having enough is fundamentally destructive. The aforementioned self-improvement coach cannot even imagine being content, and doesn’t want to be, because she regards sufficiency as inertia, laziness, inaction – death. For her, more is always better, and less is always worse, even if what is increased is anguish and what is depleted is human dignity.
She is a collector of stuff and rushes; an experience junky, Ego’s zealous missionary.
The basic consumer-consciousness assumption that there’s never enough is ubiquitous in the material state of mind. In our funhouse’s Hall of Mirrors, this all-pervasive insecurity and insufficiency reflects back on us, so we’re constantly feeling guilty about not being good enough, or industrious enough, or caring enough; we are never enough.
However, (capital V) Value as an abstract includes a multitude of human expressions, like comradery, empathy, open-handedness, and mutual reverence. All the quantum stuff, i.e., qualitative values, that by human consideration are held as valuable, albeit priceless – lie beyond the narrow classic materialist’s philosophy of life.
Friendship, Fukushima and French fries are all items on their flat list.
But thankfully, to the vast majority of humans, friends never end up on any list or digitally-animated album. All the best things in life are free, so it’s not really difficult to tell love from anything else.
The Enemies of Life
“It was a basic Confucian principle, that it is man who makes truth great, not truth which makes man great. For this reason, human-ness, or human heartedness (Ren) was always felt to be superior to righteousness (Ei), since man himself is greater than any idea which he may invent.Alan W. Watts, Way of Zen, Chapter 2
There are times when men’s passions are more trustworthy than their principles. Since opposed principles or ideologies are irreconcilable, wars fought over principle will be wars of mutual annihilation. But wars fought for simple greed will be far less destructive, because the aggressor will be careful not to destroy what he is fighting to capture.
Reasonable, that is, human men – will always be capable of compromise. But men who have dehumanized themselves by becoming the blind worshipers of an idea or an ideal are fanatics, whose devotion to abstractions makes them the Enemies of Life.”
7-Tzi, on the 1-Kat trecena
“Whenever I’m down– My Friend, Groove Armada
I call on you, my friend
a helping hand you lend
in my time of need.
Whenever I’m down
and all that’s going on
is really going on
just one of those days.
You say the right things
to keep me moving on
to keep me going strong.”
Tzi is competitive and super fair at the same time. Tzi leads by example and seldom by boast. Tzi knows value that can be measured, and value that cannot.
On the 7th day we find what’s called the Collector day of the trecena, signifying purpose and orientation. Since Tzi is today’s nawal, our heart comes into focus; human-heartedness, canine friendship, and appreciation of whatever is offered free of charge.
You know, Fun.