8 Zhuangzi

8 Zhuangzi - Zhuangzi February 7, 2008 Master Zhuang...

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Zhuangzi February 7, 2008 Master Zhuang Believed in the quest for true happiness Sitting on side of river-fishing o Approached by representatives of powerful feudal state o Does not want to soil his hands with governmental system o Wants to live life in obscurity Happiness o Natural ability is internal - present at birth o Artificial quality is extra- not part of true potential o Roc: mythical bird that spans half the world with the flap of wing Humans have rules and standards to push for uniformity o Ducks must conform to standard leg length --> stretch o Conformity to such obscure standards is harmful Natural v. mythical o Natural= let ox and bull run free o Unnatural: put animals into human services Making them to conform to our standards; restricting them Difference between emotions and reason o Relative happiness is obstructed by emotions o Reason is conducive to happiness The most permissive: fear of death o Overcome this, we can overcome anything o Fear of death is strongest of all emotions
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