Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Qi No No

According to ancient history, Empedocles thought the universe has four dominant elements: earth, air, fire and water. Equally ancient, the Chinese culture has Feng Shui which is a system of aesthetics leveraging Heaven and Earth to improve one's budget of "qi," whatever that may be (scientifically, that could very well be the dark energy, or the Higgs field, or may be a bunch of Calabi-Yau?) Incidentally, feng shui literally translates into "wind-water." So, technically, it only takes into account 2 of the 4 easily visible elements. I don't know why that is. May be it's easier to deal with 2 than with 4.

Historically, feng shui was widely used to orient buildings—often spiritually significant structures such as tombs, but also dwellings and other structures—in an auspicious manner. Depending on the particular style of feng shui being used, an auspicious site could be determined by reference to local features such as bodies of water, stars, or a compass. Feng shui was suppressed in China during the cultural revolution in the 1960s, but has since seen an increase in popularity, particularly in the United States.

What does this strange talk have to do with this beautiful home in South Miami, you ask? Well, I am waiting for the traffic light to change to green here, and facing the house directly. That is a BIG feng shui No No. You will never be able to sell this house to a feng shui disciple, unless that person also has learned skills in real estate to buy low and sell high. Me? I probably won't like the incoming headlights if I were staying up late meditating about the meaning of life in my living room here.

Qi No No

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