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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsIt°Øs the DDJ speaking to contemporary issues of our time Environmental degradation through overdevelopment it°Øs not just happening here but everywhere in the world the °∞degradation of fundamental social values°± that are at risk at the same time and the °∞search everywhere for a code of life conduct in materialistic world So especially for economist activists and feminists the DDJ is a new and newly available resource We have spoken of the DDJ making sense in the west First of all to philosophers like Martin Heidegger But perhaps even more to writers who are not bound by rational tradition but by telling stories, exploring the world to make a better sense of it The example we have chosen is Ursula Le Guin who has written many many different books Why is it that she wants DDJ read at her funeral She was raised in an academic family at Univ.

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsof California, Berkeley Her father was an anthologist. So the DDJ is part of her childhood She welcomes °∞cosmic mother°± we saw earlier in the DDJ25 over patriarchal Judeo-Christian world-father And she has recorded and published one of the most memorable English translations of the DDJ We will give you just a sample here This is Ursula Le Guin reading this particular passage

Skip to 2 minutes and 30 secondsHer translation is more an adaptation

Skip to 2 minutes and 35 secondsbut it makes the text come alive in English That°Øs why we think it°Øs memorable she has made the DDJ her own and has opened it to many readers and listeners in the western world

Ursula Le Guin

The Dao De Jing is a new and newly available resource speaking to contemporary issues of our time such as environmental degradation through overdevelopment, the degradation of fundamental social values, and especially the issues for economic activists and feminists.

This video gives an example from American author Ursula Le Guin.

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