A Note to My Loyal Minions

minionsDear Loyal Minions,

Lately, you haven’t been very loyal and you haven’t been very good minions either. I mean, sometimes you give me mad love like when you shared my letter to my future offspring all over Facebook. It was pretty good stuff, so I wasn’t surprised. But for the last few weeks it seems like you don’t care anymore. If you’re trying to hurt my feelings, well, mission accomplished. Maybe I’ve thrown a few gutter balls here and there but I am trying. Every Saturday night I sit down with my laptop and I think of ways to make you laugh, or at least smile. Hell, I’ll take a smirk at this point.

On the other hand, who are you to decide whether or not I’m any good? You’re not my parents. You don’t get to tell me that I need to get a car or that I’m too old to have bunk beds. (They’re actually pretty sweet. I got them from the kid section at Ikea.) Anyhow, you should know that writing a post every single week isn’t exactly easy. Oh, you think you can do better? Go ahead and try. No, seriously, I mean it. Rabble Rouse accepts submissions from freelances and we’re always looking for new voices. If you’ve got something to say, give us a holler. See our writer’s guidelines for more info.

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu (translated the old sage or master) is traditionally known as the father of Taoism. He lived during China's Warring States period and worked as an archivist at the emperor court. There he met Confucius himself with whom he talked about rites. Rites were the subject-matter of Confucius and Confucianists. Taoism didn't bother with such themes pointing to society, morals and ethics. Therefore the dialogue of these two masters shows a clear demarcation between their specific doctrines. Lao Tzu preached the retirement and seclusion, while Confucius insisted on the practicing the humanhood as the main virtue of a civilized person, and on personal education. Later on, disguised by the court decline of morals, Lao Tzu would left his job and departed to West. He was asked by the Guardian of the Pass to write a book and thus come into being the Tao Te Ching (translated as The Classic of Tao and Te). Tao and Te are basic concepts in Taoist philosophy. Related one to each other they pointed to the Supreme Power in the Universe and its features. Bio adapted from http://www.taoisminfo.com/ 

  • George Washington

    Having minions is a compromise to the freedom of people. All people deserve to be free, beyond the rule of any person or penguin, only through the exercise of our free will can we become our true selves.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Dude, give it a rest, that was not what Stephanie meant by this post. You’re always, I don’t even know, just chill out, maybe move to Colorado. Stop being such an cranky old man with fake teeth.

  • George Washington

    I’m sorry if my belief in principle is so upsetting to you.

  • Thomas Jefferson

    Why so serious George. Lolz. You’re worse than John Adams.

    • John Adams

      Dudes, let it go, I’ve been dead for ever. Just leave me out of your stupid arguments.

      • George Washington

        Stupid is as stupid does.

      • George Washington

        Well, stupid is as stupid does.

        • Thomas Jefferson

          Oh somebody caught Forrest Gump in the afterlife.

          • George Washington

            Someone’s a dick.

          • Dick Cheney

            Hey!