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Dan Christian Sabao

2014

March

Chuang Tzu
Chuang Tzu or Zhuangzi is one of the central figures of Chinese
philosophy. The writings about him are a corrupt compilation because this
books I can say is thoroughly mixed with the writings of his disciples. It cant
be said if it was really his writing or of that of his disciples, what scholars
have done is that they suggest that all of the writings are from him so as to
suppose that the essence came from him alone; after all, Chinese philosophy
is a suggestive one.
Zhuangzi based his teachings on the premise that all things
change and that our perception of truth is dependent on context.
I want to discuss the topic about change. Do all things change?
Well I suppose it is obvious, even rocks changed and I know he have seen it.
The ancient Chinese is very fond of looking at nature and by it suggests
things so as to conform to the truth. I can say that Zhuangzi is a relativist on
the context that he suggests that all things are relative to the one who
beholds it. I would deem to say about if universal things change; if they
change then there is no absolute truth so as to suggest also for myself not to
believe that all things change and truth is dependent on context.
He also says that to become a perfectly adjusted individual one

needs to see with Ming (clarity) and behave with wu-wei (effortless action).
He condemns rigid logic, which involves artificial distinctions that only
obscure the dao (way) of the universe. Applying these things to the
postmodern era, I would say that we would have to see things with clarity
and I would have to agree with that because the number one problem today
are the stings of the simulacrum; effortless action is indeed needed to
achieve change that leads to progress and truth and our country needs that;
rigid logic, which Francis Bacon have condemned leads us to say that

Zhuangzi prophesied his birth in the future; we corrupt the dao or I may say
Nature by our misleading Human Nature, much like the Idols of the Tribe of
Francis Bacon. I can say that Zhuangzi is modern than what he looked like.

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu is the legendary founder of Daoism. His legend will


eventually lead to his making as a deity himself in religious Taoism. He made
and paved the way so as to he repaved the old ways and asphalted it so as
to have made the famous Chinese thought and writing Dao de Ching.
The dao is said to be the way. We Christians call it the same way,
so as to having also said the way to hell and heaven. The idea is the same,
that the dao is the way and along the way we face many challenges and in
the way we are given things to support us along the way. It is said that the
dao is the source of all things having been said that along the way, we are
given some things for support.
He said to us to block the openings and shut the doors, it would
refer to some kind of aloneness that we, like Christians have been writing,
have to shut the doors of our home and block the openings of our lives from
the cruel world that is evil not in itself but we in itself. It would be further of
good suggestion that it means that we would need to separate ourselves
from the world, but not from nature, to meditate and attain the goodness of
the dao. It is also said that "the sage who does nothing never ruins
anything": this is indeed for me a hilarious and obvious observation of nature
itself, it is indeed true that if we do nothing, nothing is affected because we
do nothing but it does not mean that nothing happens to us because the
things that we do not affect and affect nothing less becomes the change
itself so as to something happens to us. It is also said that "Keep the people
ignorant", it would be plain to suggest that it means that we do not educate
people so as to keep them dumb and promote idiocracy in their lives; it is

best to suggest in philosophical context that it means to shut our senses


from the blinding sights of the world and be knowledgeable of nature so as to
lead the dao to our lives. It is very appealing that a saying so ancient can be
seen as a postmodern prophecy: the world indeed is so blinding and
seductive so as to say that we must shut our senses from the models of the
world and concentrate on nature past so true.

Mencius

Confucius and Mencius rhyme so well that it is indeed connected


so as to Mencius is the most famous Confucian after Confucius have gone.
He said about the innativity of human goodness in us, just like the Christians
did believe: we are good in ourselves because we were created by God who
is infinitely perfect.
I was writing my thesis so that it would lead to a conception of
ethics, and it can be seen that Mencius would be of great help in that regard
because he said that the evil that we find in men is caused by society itself;
it can be seen and observed that we conceive of our own ethic because of
the influences of the society and environment which would depend on what
state we are in now. It is said that "He who exerts his mind to the utmost
knows his nature", it is a faithful example of closing our minds to the world
and uplifts his mind to nature itself knows his nature because of the uplifting
of his own mind bringing it to the high pedestals of nature itself. An evidence
of his belief in the innate would be shown on what he said "the way of
learning is none other than finding the lost mind."; the lost mind is like
Platos world of ideas that we should remember the knowledge that is indeed
already in us but must be remembered so as to thus we would know it and
Mencius says that we must find the lost mind who had wandered away
because of the evil society has given us and to do this, we must know that

we are goo in ourselves and uplift the mind so as to know that nature thus
remembering that knowledge that was long gone. Morality is not innate
however he says, but goodness is. The goodness is already in us and Morality
is the remembered goodness out of our innate goodness; thus it would
require effort so that we might remember that goodness and it would be
difficult to persons who has the extreme illness of amnesia and dementia
saying that people today are rightly described as such so that they cannot
remember anything of the innate goodness that we have and not know the
Morality that would lead to the rightful place of Human nature, this ignorance
of our nature would lead to immorality and it sucks, I tell you. Even if hell
was not invented by Christians, it is very not of suggestion to be immoral
because it destroys our life and brings us problems that we cant bear: God
gives the problems that we can bear, we give the problems that we cannot
bear; always remember that.
Confucius
He made a philosophy that was not accepted at his own time
because he loss in favor of Legalism in his time past. His philosophy received
recognition after his death so much as its very same until today: they are
honored after they die.
His philosophy discusses religiously but it is not religion: it
describes of heaven but never discusses anything of souls and damnation.
His words are like mysteries that needs to be understood in a very deep way
so as to some people who interpret his works become victims themselves of
the own misunderstanding. It is shown in the way he explains that he favors
the Human instead of property, much like the Christians believe. I cant really
say if Jesus Christ have gone to China to be taught be Confucius himself so
as to have the same ideologies, it can be suggested and easy to believe that
it is universal to say that goodness indeed is universal thus the same
ideologies of two prominent people and I must exult that the other one is

God Himself. He said the famous rule of do not do unto others what you do
not want to do unto you; is it possible that God became man in the form of
Jesus Christ and Confucius? It is against my faith to say so. It can be seen he
had disciples too, and they been taught like the 12 disciples of the Lord. His
analects were versed like the Bible itself and his teachings were like of the
Lord. The two are the same in principle but not in essence I guess, The Lord
is God and Confucius was Gods prophet on the other side of the world that
time so that not only the unfaithful Israelites would receive the good news
but the Asians also. It can also be seen that Confucius teachings were
acknowledged after he dies, is it the same also of the Lord that his teaching
have been put of importance after he died? It is so mysterious to think thus
but the Lord Himself has said that the non-Israelites would believe his word. I
hope Confucius would not Confuse you: Let the confusion be netted by
Confucius so as to lead to a more moral and ethical life; dont rape others if
you dont want to be raped, confusing eh?