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The designated two hectare land was planted with rare, edible fruits, in order to establish a park which serves as a germplasm repository, as well as an educational reference for future generations. ILAM was among the organsations which contributed greatly to this focus group.
Suhardi Maulan, was invited to talk about the challenges faced by landscape architects on the global scale, and to the fact that landscape architects play a vital role in striking a balance between development and quality, green, living environments. The team took two days to look at each aspect of the master plan and subsequently provide professional feedback to the project team. Joint attendees included architects, landscape architects, and the project team from Khazanah Nasional. Osman Mohd Tahir, spoke about the need for landscape legislation and policy with clear emphasis on comprehensive management and maintenance for landscape, to ensure sustainability.
Mohd Fadrillah Mohd Taib. Here, however, we see another of the possible consequences of such a position: Indeed, it appears to be articulated precisely in response to those who oppose the traditional Ruist values of humanity and rightness ren and yi by claiming to have a superior mystical ground from which to judge them to be lacking.
In this way, radical relativism actually forestalls the possibility of radical critique altogether! According to this reading, the Vast perspective of the giant Peng bird is no better than the petty perspectives of the little birds who laugh at it. And indeed, Guo Xiang, draws precisely this conclusion. But there is a problem with taking this reading too seriously, and it is the kind of problem that plagues all forms of radical relativism when one attempts to follow them through consistently.
Simply put, Zhuangzi would have to acknowledge that his own position is no better than those he appears to critique. He would have to acknowledge that his Daoist philosophy, indeed even this articulation of relativism, is no improvement over Confucianism after all, and that it is no less short-sighted than the logic-chopping of the Mohists. This, however, is a consequence that Zhuangzi does not recognize. This is surely an indication that the radical relativistic interpretation is clearly a misreading.
Recently, some western interpreters Lisa Raphals and Paul Kjellberg, for example have focused their attention on aspects of the text that express affinities with the Hellenistic philosophy of Skepticism. Now, it is important not to confuse this with what in modern philosophy is thought of as a doctrine of skepticismthe most common form of which is the claim that we cannot ever claim to know anything, for at least the reason that we might always be wrong about anything we claim to know—that is, because we can never know anything with absolute certainty.
This is not quite the claim of the ancient Skeptics. Arguing from a position of fallibilism, these latter feel that we ought never to make any final judgments that go beyond the immediate evidence, or the immediate appearances.
We should simply accept what appears at face value and have no further beliefs about its ultimate consequences, or its ultimate value. In particular, we should refrain from making judgments about whether it is good or bad for us. We bracket epoche these ultimate judgments. When we see that such things are beyond our ability to know with certainty, we will learn to let go of our anxieties and accept the things that happen to us with equanimity.
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Zhuangzi also accepts a form of fallibilism. While he does not refrain from making judgments, he nevertheless acknowledges that we cannot be certain that what we think of as good for us may not ultimately be bad for us, or that what we now think of as something terrible to be feared death, for example might not be an extraordinarily blissful awakening and a release from the toils and miseries of worldly life. When we accept this, we refrain from dividing things into the acceptable and the unacceptable; we learn to accept the changes of things in all their aspects with equanimity.
In the Skeptical reading, the textual contradictions are also resolved by appealing to different perspectives from which different judgments appear to be true. Once one has learnt how to shift easily between the perspectives from which such different judgments can be made, then one can see how such apparently contradictory things can be true at the same time—and one no longer feels compelled to choose between them.
There is, however, another way to resolve these contradictions, one that involves recognizing the importance of continuous transformation between contrasting phenomena and even between opposites.
The world is seen as a giant clod da kuai around which the heavens tian revolve about a polar axis daoshu. All transformations have such an axis, and the aim of the sage is to settle into this axis, so that one may observe the changes without being buffeted around by them. Now, the theme of opposites is taken up by the Mohists, in their later Mohist Canon, but with a very different understanding.
The later Mohists present a detailed analysis of judgments as requiring bivalence: There must always be a clear distinction between the two. It is to this claim, I believe, that Zhuangzi is directly responding. Rejecting also the Mohist style of discussion, he appeals to an allusive, aphoristic, mythological style of poetic writing to upset the distinctions and blur the boundaries that the Mohists insist must be held apart.
The Mohists believe that social harmony can only be achieved when we have clarity of distinctions, especially of evaluative distinctions: If we, on the contrary, learn to nurture those aspects of our heart-minds xinour natural tendencies xingthat are in tune with the natural tian and ancestral zong within us, then we will eventually find our place at the axis of the way daoshu and will be able to ride the transformations of the cosmos free from harm.
That is, we will be able to sense and respond to what can only be vaguely expressed without forcing it into gross and unwieldy verbal expressions. We are then able to recognize the paradoxes of vagueness and indeterminacy that arise from infinitesimal processes of transformation. Put another way, our knowledge and understanding zhi, tong, da are not just what we can explicitly see before us and verbalize: Zhuangzi also insists on a level of understanding that goes beyond such relatively crude modes of dividing up our world and experiences.
There are hidden modes of knowing, not evident or obviously present, modes that allow us to live, breathe, move, understand, connect with others without words, read our environments through subtle signs; these modes of knowing also give us tremendous skill in coping with others and with our environments. What is known by such modes of knowing, when we attempt to express it in words, becomes paradoxical and appears contradictory. It seems that bivalent distinctions leave out too much on either side of the divide: Zhuangzi, following a traditional folk psychology of his time, calls this capacity shenming: This place is to be protected baokept whole quannurtured and cultivated yang.
The result is a sagely and skillful life. A technique is a procedure that may be mastered, but the skill of the sage goes beyond this. The mastery achieved is demonstrated both metaphorically, and literally by practical embodied skill. That is, practical embodied skill is also a metaphor representing the mastery of the life of the sage, and so it is also a sign of sagehood though not all those who are skillful are to be reckoned as sages.
Thus, we see many examples of individuals who have achieved extraordinary levels of excellence in their achievements—practical, aesthetic, and spiritual.
Chapter 19, Mastering Life, is replete with examples: The Daoists, especially the authors of the anarchistic utopian chapters, are highly critical of the artificiality required to create and sustain complex social structures. The Daoists are skeptical of the ability of deliberate planning to deal with the complexities of the world within which our social structures have their place.
The more we try to control and curtail these natural meanderings, the more complicated and unwieldy the social structures become. According to the Daoists, no matter how complex we make our structures, they will never be fully able to cope with the fluid flexibility of natural changes. The Daoists perceive the unfolding of the transformations of nature as exhibiting a kind of natural intelligence, a wisdom that cannot be matched by deliberate artificial thinking, thinking that can be articulated in words.
The result is that phenomena guided by such artificial structures quickly lose their course, and have to be constantly regulated, re-calibrated. This need gives rise to the development and articulation of the artificial concepts of ren and yi for the Ruists, and shi and fei for the Mohists.
Our judgments can be positive or negative, and these arise out of our acceptance and rejection of things or of judgments, and these in turn arise out of our emotional responses to the phenomena of benefit and harm, that is, pleasure and pain. Thus, we set up one of two types of systems: Zhuangzi sees both of these as dangerous. Neither can keep up with the complex transformations of things and so both will result in harm to our shen and xing. They lead to the desire of rulers to increase their personal profit, their pleasure, and their power, and to do so at the expense of others.
The best thing is to steer clear of such situations. But there are times when one cannot do so: There are also times—if one has a Ruist sensibility—when one will be moved to do what one can and must in order to improve the social situation. Zhuangzi thinks that such a motivation, while admirable, is ultimately misguided. There is little to nothing one can do to change things in a corrupt world. But if you really have to try, then you should be aware of the dangers, be aware of the natures of things, and of how they transform and develop.
In the presence of danger, do not confront it: One must treat all dangerous social undertakings as a Daoist adept: De Chong Fu Signs of the Flourishing of Potency This chapter is populated with a collection of characters with bodily eccentricities: Perhaps some of these are moralistic advisors, like those of chapter 4, who were unsuccessful in bringing virtue and harmony to a corrupt state, and instead received the harsh punishment of their offended ruler?
At any rate, this out of the ordinary appearance, this extraordinary physical form, is a sign of something deeper: These are the sages that Zhuangzi admires: But what goes beyond is also the source of life. To hold fast to that which is beyond both living and dying, is perhaps also to hold fast to something more primordial that is beyond human and inhuman. To identify with and nurture this source is to nurture that which is at the root of our humanity.
If so, then one does not necessarily become inhuman. Thus, to be forced to choose between being natural or being human is a mistake. A genuinely flourishing human life cannot be separated from the natural, but nor can it on that account deny its own humanity. Genuine humanity is natural humanity. There are several sections devoted to explicating this genuine humanity. We find that the genuinely human person, the zhen ren, is in tune with the cycles of nature, and is not upset by the vicissitudes of life.
The zhenren is in tune with the cycles of nature, and with the cycles of yin yang, and is not disturbed or harmed by them.
In fact, the zhenren is not harmed by them either in what appears to us to be their negative phases, nor are their most extreme phases able to upset the balance of the zhenren. This is sometimes expressed with what I take to be the hyperbole that the sage or zhenren can never be drowned by the ocean, nor burned by fire.[Engsub] Happy Camp 2018.08.11 - F4 cut Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Connor Leong, Caesar Wu
In the second part of the chapter, Zhuangzi hints at the process by which we are to cultivate our genuine and natural humanity. We learn how to identify with that center which functions as an axis of stability around which the cycles of emotional turbulence flow.
By maintaining ourselves as a shifting and responding center of gravity we are able to maintain an equanimity without giving up our feelings altogether. We enjoy riding the dragon without being thrown around by it.
In this chapter we see a mature development of the ideas of life and death broached in the first three chapters. Zhuangzi continues musing on the significance of our existential predicament as being inextricably tied into interweaving cycles of darkness and light, sadness and joy, living and dying.
In chapter two, it was the predicament itself that Zhuangzi described, and he tried to focus on the inseparability and indistinguishability of the two aspects of this single process of transformation. There are mystical practices hinted at that enable the sage to identify with the datong, the greater flow, not with the particular arisings of these particular emotions, or this particular body, but with what lies within and below and above as their ancestral root.
These meditative and yogic practices are hinted at in this chapter, and also in chapter 7, but nothing in the text reveals what they are. It is not unreasonable to believe that similar techniques have been handed down by the practitioners of religious Daoism. It is clear, nonetheless, that part of the change is a change in self-understanding, self-identification.
We somehow learn to expand, to wander beyond, our boundaries until they include the entire cosmic process. Ying Di Wang Responding to Emperors and Kings The last of the Inner Chapters does not introduce anything new, but closes by returning to a recurring theme from chapters 1, 3, 5, and 6: Rather than interfering with social interactions, one should allow them to follow their natural course, which, Zhuangzi believes, will be both imaginative and harmonious.
These themes resonate with those of the Anarchist chapters in the Outer and Miscellaneous chapters: Or, if harm and danger are unavoidable, then one learns how to minimize them, and how to accept whatever one does have to suffer with equanimity.
Most of these chapters constitute holistic developments of the ideas of the Inner Chapters, but some of them concentrate on particular issues raised in particular chapters. For example, the author of Chapter 17, the Autumn Floods, elaborates on the philosophy of perspective and overcoming boundaries that is discussed in the first chapter, Xiao Yao You.
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This chapter develops the ideas in several divergent directions: Which of these, if any, is the overall philosophical perspective is not easy to discern. The author of chapter 19, Da Sheng, Mastering Life, takes up the theme of the cultivation of the wisdom of embodied skill that is introduced in chapter 3, Yang Sheng Zhu, The Principle of Nurturing Life.
The next group of interpreters have also become incorporated into the extant version of the text. These thinkers appear to have been profoundly influenced by the Laozi, and also by the thought of the first and last of the Inner Chapters: These chapters combine the anarchistic ideals of a simple life close to nature that can be found in the Laozi with the practices that lead to the cultivation and nurturing of life.
The third main group, whose interpretation has been preserved in the text itself, is the Syncretist school, an eclectic school whose aim to is promote an ideal of mystical rulership, influenced by the major philosophical schools of the time, especially those that recommend a cultivation of inner potency.
They scoured the earlier philosophers in order to extract what was valuable in their philosophies, the element of the dao that is to be found in each philosophical claim. The last chapter, Tian Xia, The World, considers several philosophical schools, and comments on what is worthwhile in each of them. Nevertheless, it is stated that he did not succeed in getting it all. Perhaps the most important of the pre-Qin thinkers to comment on Zhuangzi is Xunzi.
Indeed, Zhuangzi seems to be aware of this kind of objection, and even delights in it.