Re: How does a Taoist behave?
Posted by Butcho on 4/23/2010, 9:58 pm, in reply to "Re: How does a Taoist behave?"
: Perhaps there is no answer to this question
: that everyone can agree on.
It does not matter what one believes if one does not have love in one's heart.
The Taoist adept is not guided by conceptual imperatives. What he or she needs to say or do in the moment is guided more by clarity than by consideration. Taoism is more a practical art than a pragmatic science. All taos, conceptual frameworks, fall short where the Dao is concerned. Words, frozen thoughts, are not fluid. Individual daos are relative for they stand alone. Such is the nature of linguistic consideration left to its own devices. Knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom.
The Taoist takes a multi-perspectival perspective when taking a perspective at all. The Tao is primarily contextual where human understanding is concerned. Intuitive. Nonlinear. A whole greater than the sum of its parts. Meta-physical.
Taoism is more a feel than a thought.
For the Taoist, context is king. The adept does not want to be so attached to any concept that she is not open to the immediate. To the contextual situation at hand. Thus she cultivates pure being because she does not want to be defiled by this or that. She is pragmatic at those times when it is the practical thing to do. From her center she is free to swing whichever way is appropriate to the situation at hand.
If the Taoist adept has a categorical imperative it is being right here, right now. Nothing is permanently what one says it is. Only the ever-present moment is timeless. Conceptually empty. Unfiltered. The tao that can be stated forever is not the eternal Tao. More often than not existential things can only be, or at least best be, said in silence.
Chop wood, carry water.
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