無為


On Time

In the past, I had romanticized lethargy as an inevitable part of my existence. I would exit a stressed state of mind, feeling slightly better, having done virtually nothing of significance. Sometimes, this didn’t affect me. In fact, wu wei 無為 has saved me countless of times.

Though, doing something good enough would be a better alternative, wouldn’t it? But, some critics would argue that Now is the time to do it right—and superfast at that!—; we might not have the chance to do it again when (not if) it starts falling apart.

But—wu wei, though.

On Beginning

I write not because I understand something thoroughly. Usually, it’s me riffing off of something that’s already copied from somewhere else, an idea so sticky I must do something with it.

Someone else has done it already; and my response is to redo it myself, if I found it interesting enough. “To understand it,” I would say, “I must start from a point of interest.”

On Transitions

Em dash (—) emphasizes; parentheses minimize.

En dash (–) joins inclusive numerals, replacing the word “to”. It also joins the names of two or more places. E.g. items 3–5, Manila–Quezon.

There are other uses for each, I’m sure. It’s just that I don’t know them all.



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