Re: Not-doing LO1174

Barry Mallis (
12 May 1995 17:28:18 -0400

Replying to LO1153 --

Responding to Dave Birren, LO1145 thread

You mentioned not-doing and doing as terms with meanings different from
those in our Western concept of action and inaction.

I agree. Poetry, where word meanings, like camels, travel to and fro
between oases of commonality and mythic import, contains even for our West
many startling "thoughts" which give tone and hue to the doing and the
not-doing. And their end. For instance,

Inside Great Mystery that is,
we don't really own anything.
What is this competition we feel then,
before we go, one at a time, through the same gate?


Do you think I know what I am doing?
that for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself?
As much as a pen knows what it's writing,
or the ball can guess where it's going next.

What role does the 'resonance of comprehension' play in learning,
understanding and telling stories?

Best regards,
Barry Mallis
Total Quality Resource Manager
MARKEM Corporation
Keene, NH