Announcing a new Meetup for Chicago Tao Teh Ching & Taoism Study Group!
What: The Practical Value of Taoism
When: Saturday, February 20, 2010 2:00 PM
4718 N. Broadway Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
The instrumental "use-value" of Taoism has emerged as an issue at several of our past meetup groups. Sometimes with incredible passion and conviction. So, collectively we ask, "What is the practical value (if any) of Taoism"? Does seeking pragmatic applications violate the apparent first principles of Taoism (i.e. "Those who know do not speak - those who speak do not know.")?
Does applying Taoist principles to one's life in hopes of improving oneself also run afoul of the Taoist proscription against intrusive interference with nature (especially if the nature that one is seeking to change is one's own?).
Is there any purpose to Taoism? Could it be that
Taoism represents one realm in which no thought of improvement, change, modification, reformation, progress, correction, and obligation exists?
So then, if Taoism is not
about improving oneself - and actually appears to discourage it, then are we left to ask, "What's the point of it anyway"?
But then, ironically, is not
having a point exactly the point / non-point?
I don't know - and I think I might've just hurt myself.(Initially, the group planned on meeting every three weeks - but I'll be out of town and I don't want to miss this discussion; so maybe after February we can arrange to meet every three weeks...)
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