analytical Q


The Diary of Anne Ku

20 June 2000 Tuesday cooling down, downpour


Taoists are full of paradoxes - contradictions that seem to make no sense but are full of wisdom.  One of them, I recall from my childhood, says something about the weakest being the strongest.  Like drops of water, what seems little and insignificant can actually penetrate a rock.

So I let my bathtub tap drip, drip, drip.  Lately I noticed that it has gotten louder - the drops getting bigger.  One evening I decided to experiment.  I plugged up the tub to see how much water dripped out.   The next morning, I was surprised that it filled a quarter of the tub.

What can I do?  Being so environmentally conscious, I can try reusing this water by filling the tub with hot water and having a morning bath.  When I get home in the evening, I can have an evening bath.  I can also scoop out the cold water for my plants.

Being assertive, I can phone up a local plumber to seek help.

Having lived in England for so long, I'm prone to appeasement.  I will assure myself that water is just water.  As long as I use it the next day, the drips won't penetrate the tub and cause a hole.  This is England, after all.  Not Taoist land.