The Power of Chowa — Akemi Tanaka

A quite enjoyable Japanese wisdom book with a rather different perspective, that of a Japanese woman who at times comes across as the outsider, shunned in some ways by conservative Japanese society for standing up — and standing out — as an independent woman, while at the same time Akemi is very clearly a traditionalist in all the ways that truly matter.   At least that’s the view i get on Akemi from these pages.

And why shouldn’t strong-minded, independent women take the very best of tradition and leave the worse of it behind?   Surely that’s the point of evolution, to take what is the best, that which benefits the most and to leave behind and slough off those very things that hinder, bind and stifle all of us ultimately; and in doing so build stronger and more resilient societies for the future.   Of course, there will always be tension between which side of this coin things fall on, the ultra conservative who blindly want to maintain everything, regardless of worth and value, while on the other side those who want to cast of everything they see as old and done.   Or maybe there’s a middle way, a way of Chowa?

It’s from these two different perspectives that Akemi takes us on this journey to discover Chowa, that balance and harmony within and without that we could all use a good dose of in our crazy modern lives.

Definitely another one of those books that i feel everyone who reads it with an open mind can find some small nugget to take away to help improve themselves, their lives and their environments.   I certainly feel it was worth the read and feel others will do so as well.

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Context — Cory Doctorow

Download for free/donation over at Craphound.

Jack and the Interstalk: Why the Computer Is Not a Scary Monster
Teen Sex
Nature’s Daredevils: Writing for Young Audiences
Beyond Censorware: Teaching Web Literacy
Writing in the Age of Distraction
Extreme Geek
How to Stop Your Inbox Exploding
What I Do
When I’m Dead, How Will My Loved Ones Break My Password?
Radical Presentism
A Cosmopolitan Literature for the Cosmopolitan Web
When Love Is Harder to Show Than Hate
Think Like a Dandelion
Digital Licensing: Do It Yourself
New York, Meet Silicon Valley
With a Little Help: The Price Is Right
You Shouldn’t Have to Sell Your Soul Just to Download Some Music
Net Neutrality for Writers: It’s All About the Leverage
Proprietary Interest
“Intellectual Property” Is a Silly Euphemism
Saying Information Wants to Be Free Does More Harm Than Good
Chris Anderson’s Free Adds Much to The Long Tail, but Falls Short
Why Economics Condemns 3D to Be No More Than a Blockbuster Gimmick
Not Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining
Why I Won’t Buy an iPad (and Think You Shouldn’t, Either)
Can You Survive a Benevolent Dictatorship?
Curated Computing Is No Substitute for the Personal and Handmade
Doctorow’s First Law
Reports of Blogging’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Streaming Will Never Stop Downloading
Search Is Too Important to Leave to One Company—Even Google
Copyright Enforcers Should Learn Lessons from the War on Spam
Warning to All Copyright Enforcers: Three Strikes and You’re Out
For Whom the Net Tolls
How Do You Know If Copyright Is Working?
News Corp Kremlinology: What Do the Times Paywall Numbers Mean?
Persistence Pays Parasites
Like Teenagers, Computers Are Built to Hook Up
Promoting Statistical Literacy: A Modest Proposal
Personal Data Is as Hot as Nuclear Waste
Memento Mori
Love the Machine, Hate the Factory
Untouched by Human Hands
Close Enough for Rock ’n’ Roll

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You Can’t Own Knowledge — Cory Doctorow

You Can't Own Knowledge, written by Cory Doctorow.You can read for free at FREESOULS.

If the block caps bothers you, you can copy and paste the text into a word program, select all, set font, set size font, and it’ll come out normal for you to read.   I have no idea why someone would block cap their whole website apart from a few letters and make it so impossible to read.   I suppose it’s someone without any sense thinking they’re being really arty and avant-garde or something — well you ain’t, you’re just being a twat.

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