Category Archives: Ethics

Tao/Dao, Heavy and Lite

In the Comments section below, my friend Karl takes me to task for last week’s post on The TAO of Journalism, where I wrote about having taken the TAO Pledge to be Transparent, Accountable and Open in this blog.

Describing himself as “a sometime journalist and a self-styled Taoist,” Karl says journalistic transparency, accountability and openness have nothing to do with the concept of “tao.” He doesn’t charge me or the Washington News Council with word abuse, but I think that’s the gist.

(Karl does like that the Wade-Giles spelling “tao” is being used instead of the official pinyin spelling “dao,” and he makes a thoughtful argument for use of Wade-Giles spellings for all Chinese spiritual terms—but that’s another subject.)

I have concluded that tao/dao is simply a word with more than one meaning, in Chinese and in English. There’s tao/dao “lite” and tao/dao “heavy.” Continue reading

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The TAO of Journalism

PrintLast week I took the TAO Pledge—a pledge to follow The TAO of Journalism: Transparent, Accountable and Open.

Wow! I had no idea there’d be something so perfect for a blog on the subject of qigong, which is deeply connected to the concept of Tao (or Dao in pinyin), and for a blogger who believes transparency, accountability and openness are essential.

But indeed there is, thanks to the Washington News Council, a small but active statewide organization.

The logo you see here caught my eye as I was standing at my kitchen counter reading the Seattle Times. Its core was the two-fishes-in-a-circle Chinese yin-yang symbol, which depicts the interdependency of seemingly opposite forces such as yin (female) and yang (male). Continue reading


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Shalls and Shan’ts

I was going to call the points I’m about to make about blog behavior “rules,” but my editor pointed out that the word “rule” gives some people the willies. I have therefore abandoned it—although, dang, like so many other four-letter words, “rule” is punchy and to the point.

I will instead present some “shalls” and “shan’ts” as ethical guidelines for this blog. Shalls and shan’ts. Five letters. Soft-sounding, yet archaic enough to make even a search engine sit up and take notice.

The first two shan’ts apply to me and are designed to keep my blogging from mucking up my relationships with readers who know me personally. The third shan’t, which starts out as a shall, applies to all of us and aims to keep this blog a friendly place to be. Continue reading

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