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  1. Secrets of the Reverted Elixir

    what did it pay?
  2. What is the Taoist religion?

    Thats actually a good question. The difference is twofold 1 the folk rites are not codified in the official taoist literature 2 the officiants are not full-time taoist monks
  3. Mair 20:3

    depends what is meant by builder. he was not a craftsman or architect, but a tax collector and an administrator of the works.
  4. What is the Taoist religion?

    worshipping your own ancestors
  5. speed of light foray

    yes. their " travel is not really travel" is nonsense
  6. speed of light foray

    which negates the whole relativity theory because it is based on a premise that nothing can be faster than the light speed,
  7. Mair 20:3

    how do you know what the paradigm is?) Remember its all allegorical.
  8. Mair 20:3

    Chpt 1 posits two things A. a Dao exists B. It is defined by 'constancy' as opposed to the rest of the world. Wu-wei is introduced in subsequent chapters. TTC is entirely about the Dao of the kingship, the every line of it is about the king who is guided by Dao. being a ruler is essential for using wu-wei but... There are many other ideas in daoism (and in Chuang-zi) besides wu-wei that a commoner can use: like i said, wu-wei is only a tiny part of Chuang-zi (just 30 mentions in the whole book). and if people want to group all of these idea under the sound-bitey misnomer of wu-wei, fine. But if they start with the misnomer, what use are the ideas gonna be?
  9. Mair 20:3

    How do you know which issue it deals with if it is allegorical?
  10. Mair 20:3

    Yes it does. That being a correct POV depends on how the notion of daoism is defined.
  11. Mair 20:3

    Good question. https://ctext.org/zhuangzi/ens?searchu=无为 At the link, there are all passages in ZZ that are undoubtedly about wu-wei, because they contain that word. Its just 3 pages in all. You can glance through them yourself or take my word for it: none of them features a commoner with or without a knack. Wu-wei is a behavior of highest order, something which heaven, dao or the king does/not. Equating it with a knack or a flow is not even apples and oranges, its more like ... i donno guns and roses, or something.
  12. Mair 20:3

    All good suggestions above. No one likes a tax collector and this taxation was supposed to be enforced. Thats the whole point of the story, the guy did the opposite: he made himself likable, and did not enforce. This story is the class of stories in ZZ for which the sinologists have a special name : they call them the ''knack stories'. Not one of these knack stories contain wu-wei, because these are stories about lay individuals. In ZZ, wu-wei very strictly pertains to Heaven and his reps (mostly kings), never the commoners.
  13. Mair 20:3

    Yes, he was a tax collector. And no, there is no wu-wei in this story)
  14. A Science of Wu Wei?

    what would you accept as a proof?
  15. A Science of Wu Wei?

    Now ye olde gentlemen and ladies, whoever can be bothered with a little experiment to go to this page https://chinesepod.com/tools/pronunciation/section/5 and click this button Does the resulting sound as duh to you?