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905 years until 1001 millenium, • Hebraic: present year 5759. Well, maybe some intellectual Catholics (Jesuits, probably) have convinced themselves that Pope Gregory XIII created the "one true" calendar by tuning in -- infallibly -- to some Cosmic Clock.
Sometimes lightning came from that roaring monster, and sometimes lightning killed somebody. Joyce uses this god=thunder equation repeatedly in Finnegans Wake [which drove me to read Vico...] I have also observed that thunder on the sound-track -- signalling oncoming tragedy or horror -- appears in films as diverse as those of Orson Welles, James Whale, Howard Hawks, Wes Craven, Monty Python etc etc....
Hence Zeus bronnton [Zeus the thunderer], Jupiter, another thunder god; Thor, Donner, whose very name means thunder; etc.... Listen for it and note how bloody often it pops up...... The monotheistic idea implies a cruel and grumpy old electric donut surrounding Earth and ever threatening it.
You can imagine my delight when Daniel Coyle, a friend who recently  earned a Ph. in Chinese studies, assured me that Pound got it right.
Dao, the process, seems more nitty-gritty and tangible since I acquired an apartment with a panoramic vista of Monterrey Bay and the surrounding hills. Waves, sun, fogs, seasons, dogs, dolphins, moons, planets, stars -- all seem flowing, as if every kind of evolution, cosmic to biological,parades before me.
Dating the year after next 2001 (Gregorian) has as much and as little validity as dating it 5761 (Hebrew) or dating it 128 (Pataphysical.) I think most people honest-to-Gawd believe the Papist date "is" the "real" date because they never stop to think about it.
I suspect, also, that most people do and say most of the things they do and say for exactly the same reason: they never stop to think about it.I more-than-half suspect that all "good" writing, or all prose and poetry that one wants to read more than once, proceeds from a kind of "alteration in consciousness," i.e. [Don't become alarmed -- I think good acting comes from the same place.] I sometimes suspect that what Blake called Poetic Imagination expresses this exact thought in the language of his age, and that visits by"angels" and "gods" states it an even more archaic argot.These suspicions have grown over 72 years, but as a rather slow and stupid fellow I do not have the chutzpah to proclaim any of them as certitudes.More traditional renderings turn Dao into a capitalized abstraction such as "the Way" or "the Path," and anybody trying to understand them feels like their brain has just turned to oatmeal.Although too ignorant of Chinese to trust my own judgement, I have always preferred Ez's rendering of Dao as "process" on the basis of Ernest Fenollosa's claim that ideograms render "noun and verb as one -- things in motion, motion in things." That fits the world of modern physics, of perception psychology and of what little I think I know of Chinese.Pound, beaten by rain and wind in his outdoor cage at Pisa, remembers a bit from Kung-fu-tse, who also knew hard times.