[Haskell-cafe] A hell of a question
jason.dusek at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 20:14:28 EST 2008
Andrzej Jaworski <himself at poczta.nom.pl> wrote:
> First let me disassociate Haskell from Taoism which to may
> taste has left us in an unhealthy climate. It suffices to say
> that Taoism is a school of clever trics and cute aphorisms but
> without the slightest attempt to explain or generalize let
> alone produce an abstract idea or a system. That is why its
> wisdom is non transferable in spite of majority of humans
> desending from it.
Taoist religion in China is very much a popular religion,
closely associated with festivals, weddings and magic tricks.
As a popular religion, Taoism is indeed deeply compromised;
but then again, so is Zen in Japan, Christianity in Europe and
indeed, most popular religions in the place where they became
As a philosophy, Taoism is more concerned with doubt than
knowledge; with humility than pride of understanding; of
course it makes litte "attempt to explain or generalize".
An essential notion in Taoism is that signs and symbols do not
communicate the truth -- to appreciate Taoist practice, you
must engage in the practice of Taoism for a spell. Thus it is
in practical arts -- Chinese medicine, Taiji, strategy -- that
one comes to appreciate the Way and its Power.
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