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Philosophy of Language in Classical China, etc.

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Sunday, May 2, 2004, 22:57
    I just came across this in my web-wanderings: Philosophy of Language in
Classical China

    Esp'ly of intrigue to me is the lil section on Zhuangzi/Chuang Tzu.

    In fact this whole website is quite bloody marvellous & of value to those
of us who seek to conlang/conculture a differing worldview than what is
generally accepted as the Globalist Cultural _status quo_.

    On a related note... _An Intercultural Perspective on Chinese Aesthetics_
by Karl-Heinz Pohl is available at:

    And for a bit of Japanese culture and aesthetics:

    Michi OnLine (a very nifty-keen, basic-but-wide-range array of subjects
and links, including traditional arts and crafts as well as anime/manga,
sci-fi, etc.):

    Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley CA (of very special note are the books on
_wabi sabi_, _suiseki_ and Japanese language):

    Suiseki - San Francisco Bay Area (must check out the galleries, suiseki
artists, and links! if ya thought rocks were boring this will change ya
monkeybrainies! Suiseki is highly similar to a Chinese Taoist-influenced collecting
artform called _guaishi_ {"grotesque rocks"} or "scholar rocks"):

Hanuman Zhang, _Gomi no sensei_ [Master of junk] <A

    "To live is to scrounge, taking what you can in order to survive. So,
since living is scrounging, the result of our efforts is to amass a pile of
rubbish." ~ ChuangTzu/Zhuangzi, China, 4th Century BCE

    "...So what is life for? Life is for beauty and substance and sound and
colour; and even those are often forbidden by law [socio-cultural conventions].
. .Why not be free and live your own life? Why follow other people's rules
and live to please others?..." ~ Lieh-Tzu/Liezi, Taoist Sage (c. 450- 375 BCE)

    "Taoism in a nutshell: Shit Happens. Roll with the Punches. Hang 10 ~ Go
with the Flow!" ~ anon. California Surfer~Beatnik, c.1950's/1960's

    "[The modern economist] is used to measuring the 'standard
of living' by the amount of annual consumption, assuming all the
time that a man who consumes more is 'better off' than a man
who consumes less.
    "A Buddhist economist would consider this approach excessively
irrational: since consumption is merely a means to human well-
being, the aim should be to obtain the maximum of well-being
with the minimum of consumption." ~ E.F. Schumacher, _Small is Beautiful_

    "Western man not merely blighted in some degree every
culture that he touched, whether 'primitive' or advanced, but he also
robbed his own descendants of countless gifts of art and craftsmanship,
as well as precious knowledge passed on only by word of mouth
that disappeared with the dying languages of dying peoples...." ~ Lewis
Mumford, _The Pentagon of Power: The Myth of the Machine_

    "Anarchism's great project is to dissolve the asymmetry of power. How?
There are thousands of alternatives and there is not only one solution. To
advance 'one' solution would be a doctrine of power, a manifestation of power." ~
Venezuelan University Academic Alfredo Vallota quoted in _El Libertario_

Non scholæ sed vitæ discimus. ("We do not learn for school, but for life.")
~ Seneca