As readers may or may not know, Yang and I participate in our university’s boxing club and compete at the collegiate level. We have always liked boxing but I’m sure we never understood major aspects of the sport, such as intending to KO opponents or being driven by titles or recognition. Given that we follow the Tao, or at least try to do so, it makes little sense that we compete in boxing or box in general. If we want to follow the Tao and believe in the teachings of Philosophical Taoism, how then can we be said to follow the Tao and box?
A logical opposite is a sentence (I use sentence very loosely here.) that is the negation of its counterpart. In practice, logical opposition is generally inserting a “not” near the core of the sentence.
Zhuangzi could have been striving to be therapeutic or (its logical opposite) not therapeutic.
Teacher Yu asks, “ What do you think Taoism is about?”
Solipero replies, “Doubtlessly, it’s about the Tao.” Continue reading A Solipsistic Taoistian
Lord of the Great Way, let me write what may seem contrived, clauses pinned with awkward rhymes, and inspire others to their own precious poesy; and also to some new, unkempt lines–call them yellow and dashed, literally not literary, and rolling metal oncoming-passed, actually but automotively, for in essence, isn’t a truck driver a sage, turning her wheels only to the wage. Thus, the Way is to get paid, the ears to drown out the paved, and the eyes always to gaze at the roads no different from ten miles ago, though I concede the trucker’s eyes may be strained as the summer sets that even the doctor would prescribe 40 pills of Percocet.
These musings are the pain-killed poetic and taoist fusing, so I hope my fun of writing this transfers to you an equal amusing.
In The Zhuangzi, it is written that Confucius says there are two decrees in the world. One is fate and the other is duty. I’m not sure exactly what he means by fate – whether it is determinism involving no free will, propensities mental or physical, or simply death – but it is written that an example of fate is that a son would love his mother, presuming normativity. To put this more generally, the decree of fate is that some things are the way that they are. The second decree that he mentions, the decree of duty, is that a subject would serve under his ruler, that is, one is subject to certain things. Continue reading Thoughts on Implicit Bias