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  1. Yep, I like "Tzu/Zi"and "Tao". When you see me using "Tse" and "Dao", I have officially let go If you see me using these, I have found "Dao"
  2. Taoist logic?

    Well, it's a matter of semantics, right? There's "logic", the human construct, which is an intellectual approach and not Taoist. Then there is common-sense/spontaneity, arguably still logical approaches but more associated with Taoism. Put an intellectual and a Taoist in a room to debate (see what I did here?) "what is logical" and I think we'd be in for quite an evening
  3. Taoist logic?

    Agh, I've been away too long and missed pages and pages of threads. I can't read everything here but my answer is: Taoism itself IS logic. The most pragmatic of all philosophies. Don't try to fit cubes into round holes etc.
  4. Lao tse and the Socratic Method

    @Zhongyongdaoist @wandelaar I dunno, I still think it's fair to at least draw some similarities between Soctrates' school of thought and that of Lao Tzu if they are seen
  5. How tai chi works for self healing.

    My teacher doesn't oversell it. A traditional Chinese martial art, very good for the leg muscles and stretching in a relaxed environment is all I'm getting haha.
  6. Lao tse and the Socratic Method

    Likes and thanks That still makes politics BS for me. No one knows what they are talking about.
  7. Lao tse and the Socratic Method

    There's this for Ch. 24 I believe; "All attempts to create something admirable are the weapons of evil. You may think you are practising benevolence and righteousness, but in effect you will be creating a kind of artificiality. Where a model exists, copies will be made of it; where success has been gained, boasting follows; where debate exists, there will be outbreaks of hostility."
  8. Lao tse and the Socratic Method

    Chuang Tzu ridiculed debates too. When I find the section, I'll post it here.
  9. Lao tse and the Socratic Method

    Oh it is hard. I'm at peace with myself and the world until someone hits a nerve haha. About discussions, you can prove something wrong but if the other person is set in their ways or stubborn, you just gotta let them be. The phrase "banging your head against a brick wall" is more literal than you think. You can do it but you're only hurting yourself. And what does others' opinions really matter anyway? Especially if they are coming from a place of ignorance/lack of knowledge on a subject. It's how I think of, say, Tai Chi. There's been all sorts of things said on the practice here, but I get more value from just going to my class and doing it. If I really have a question, I ask my teacher. It goes without saying, you never really know who you're chatting to on the internet. But there are some golden things to be found here, from some golden individuals. Take what is useful and backed up by various legitimate sources. Discard the petty and pointless.
  10. Lao tse and the Socratic Method

    Ditto. But yes, on this forum I tend to bow out once I've said my piece and if I learn something new from others, then great. It's important to not fall into the trap of fighting it out on here. Otherwise I might as well just go to Facebook.
  11. Here lies the beautiful paradox. The philosophy and practices of the Way of Nature. Did no other cultures have similar answers? But before I go off on a tangent, I'll say instead that, in short, the classic texts and generally the practices of Taoists appear to work best. Lineage and learning something of some tradition is important, ensuring you're getting it from a good source. Back to certificates - they may help, but I'd rather go to someone with universal cred. They probably do have certificates anyway, but they're usually the last thing you'll see.
  12. I wish I knew how to multi-quote. I like you too and poke you back for not explaining well first time To paragraph two, yes, good point. Your third paragraph, yes because the sage who has the Way, you might struggle to find him or her. Good practitioners too, because they're out there practicing, not preaching. I would like to add that the arts that emerged only 600 years ago, are fine interpretations of Taoism. My point is, whether it's Tai Chi, or any other skill, surely it's the method and approach that is important, rather than what you practice...
  13. Sure. Again it comes down to what meditation really is, and I can only really say doing things with a calm focus really applies. I may be a sucker for Tai Chi these days, but one could obtain Tao from cooking amazing dishes imo