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02 April 2010

..make it as harmonious and kind as you possibly can...

I am reading a very enjoyable book called Adventures in Caravanastan by Greg Bearup (published by Random House Australia, 2009).  It is the story of his one year trip around Australia in a caravan with his partner and toddler.  He writes fascinating stories about local people in the places they visit.  Reading the chapter on Bruny Island off southern Tasmania, was kind of excruciating - only because it reminded me of how far removed my crazy city life is from the idyllic and simple life on Bruny Island.

The author tells the story of a retired brain surgeon who now lives on the island, and who has a passion for translating poetry from ancient Greek, Latin and Chinese texts and a deep belief in Confucianism.  I am always intrigued by how ancient Eastern philosophical teachings remain so relevant to our modern world - many might say our dysfunctional modern world.

As we share peace and love around the world at Easter, his words as recounted by Greg Bearup in the book hold great meaning:

"Confucianism is about the individual person trying to be the best they can...Don't worry about the big issues.  It's about what you do in your own life and your immediate associations."

"[Confucianism] means behaving properly towards family members and immediate associates."

"I live in a way that makes no imposition on other people and on things.  I use next to nothing.  It try to restore the land here and live a very simple life.  If I have contact with anybody I try to make it as harmonious and kind as I possibly can. That's it."

Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.


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