Western Understanding of Eastern Philosophy

Western Understanding of Eastern Philosophy |  "NOTHING IS SOFTER OR MORE FLEXIBLE THAN WATER, YET NOTHING CAN RESIST IT." -LAO TZU | image tagged in civil rights era hosing | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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2 ups, 4y,
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Do people genuinely not get the joke, or is my humor just too dark?
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2 ups, 4y,
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I think it's clever. It's possible that I'm not getting out of it what you intended, however.

I see it as clever because of the contrast. It's taking a picture of people shooting firehoses at other people (which is a very direct action), and comparing it to an Eastern quote which talks about the power of water. Since the Eastern quote probably had something a lot more subtle in mind than just shooting people with firehoses, there's a complete mismatch in concepts, even though it sounds like a superficial fit.
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1 up, 4y,
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Yes, there's also the title to take into account, lol.
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0 ups, 4y
That was my starting point. Then what I wrote above is an approximation of my understanding of what you intended when you put that title on it.
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