The Outsider

The Outsider

Ordinary men hate solitude.
But the sage makes use of it,
embracing his aloneness, realizing
he is at one with the whole universe.

The sage is a loner. He avoids unnecessary contact with people. He does not feel at home with small talk. He abhors gossip. He  avoids talking too much. Most people would probably find his company dull. Not that he would mind, for he is indifferent to his  own popularity.

The sage is timeless. He lives outside the collective paradigms and ideologies controlling and manipulating society at any  given time. He seems immune to even the subtlest efforts of indoctrination or manipulation.

He moves in society without being immersed in it. He stands aloof from the conceptually fashionable. He does not become part of  socially acceptable prejudices. He refuses to participate in the pretentious verbal exhibition of the latest in intellectual  chic.

Historic paradigm shifts do not unsettle him. He knows that everything changes and yet nothing changes. His perspective is  timeless, vaster than any scientific dimension. For this reason the sage remains calm in times of upheaval. Even when humanity  is losing its faith in whatever it has lately invested its faith, the Taoist sage remains unperturbed. He does not invest his  faith in man-made concepts and therefore has no faith to lose.

The sage lives outside the dictatorial reach of the “group mind,” untouched by the mindless Zeitgeist of his era, and he  therefore has little part in the collective guilt of the society of his day. But he will try to live on the periphery of human  folly as unobtrusively as possible. Only when he is left with no other choice, will he actively oppose the predominant  delusions of his day, and he will do so courageously, suffering any resulting persecution with quiet dignity.

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A remote cottage in the midst of jungles of northern Iran…


Blue Sunrise…

Beauty was born with the heavens and the earth.
The sun, the moon, and the red mists of morning and evening illumine each other,
and yet–inexhaustible and wonderful as are the changes presented by them–Nature’s great phenomena–there exist no pigments, as for garments.,
to dye them withal…

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2008 Photoblog Awards