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Zhuangzi had mesmerized the world with sly and craftiness  

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       In physics, the mass-energy equivalence is E = mc2. E is energy; m is mass or matter and c is the speed of light. In the beginning, there wasn't a single piece of matter in the universe. Hence, there was no ‘m’ in the equation. Before the universe has any matter, the universe was made up of only light (that sped up and down the universe in all directions as it is today, I supposed). We now know from this equation, light is the most primitive form of energy, of course. How did light transform itself into the first piece of matter and subsequently all matters as they exist in the universe today? Nobody knows the answer.

Laozi, a great Chinese philosophy tried to described how the universe came about. In his book, “Daodejing” (道德经)or as it is now more broadly called “Laozi” (老子), ten chapters were dedicated to describe the inner feeling of God, the creator of the universe. Here are the links to the ten chapters, translated into modern Chinese and English.

Chapter 1: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/181911362201172364442388/

Chapter 4: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/1819113622011723649810/

Chapter 5: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/181911362201172365013882/

Chapter 6: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/181911362201172365311897/

Chapter 25: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/181911362201261082844959/

Chapter 39: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/18191136220126227624672/

Chapter 42: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/181911362201262553923951/ (For fans only)

Chapter 52: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/18191136220126227624672/

Chapter 62: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/181911362201263112123603/

Chapter 67: http://ericwoonct.blog.163.com/blog/static/1819113622012710101295/

Zhuangzi (庄子) was a very crafty guy. He played with words and turned the whole Chinese population to believe in the phrase,“无极生太极”which means “The universe begins from absolute nothingness”. During the era when the word or rather the concept energy was created, human being does not understand the universe begins with energy. Since energy cannot be seen or heard or feel or imagine ever existed, it was very easy for Zhuangzi to fool the Chinese that the universe begins from absolute nothingness.

If you were to go back to take a good close look at the equation E = mc2, you would certainly conclude the Chinese people are a bunch of foolish people who believed in Zhuangzi’s misleading statement, “无极生太极”. Note: they are quite a lot of scientists and so-called learned people from both the West and East love Zhuangzi’s work very much. Why? Zhuangzi bluntly denied the existence of God with this false statement, “无极生太极”. This statement fits nicely with the mindset of most scientists who blatantly choose to deny the existence of God. If they were to proclaim the existence of God, then their works amounts to nothing but a mere research into the full body of knowledge about the universe that was a result of the creation of God.       

I bet scientists are still working in this direction with the Hobson's particle being the closest bet. As for me, no scientist will ever get to know how light (or photons) transforms into matter. Why do I say so? If mankind were to be allowed to gain this piece of knowledge, men will certainly destroy the universe. Just look at how devastating mankind had done with nuclear energy. The Mar 11, 2011 tsunami that swept Fukushima was a sign from God, "Please do not meddle with nuclear energy anymore." However, men refused to listen.

In his book, Laozi also tried to explain 德 (pronounced as de) or virtue (desirable quality in men) in 15 chapters. They are chapter 21, 23, 28, 38, 41, 49, 51, 54, 55, 59, 60, 63, 65, 68 and 79. The greatest virtue among all is these three most praiseworthy qualities: love, kindness and compassion. Let’s us put this aside for I do not think Zhuangzi had done much damage to these 15 chapters.

In the rest of the other 56 chapters, Laozi wrote with a certain theme[[1]], that is, “The art of good governance” or in simple language “True leadership”. The anchor phrase that distinguishes Laozi’s work on these 56 chapters is the phrase, 无为wuwei. The word, 为is actually a short form for the full phrase,为所欲为 (pronounce as wei suo yu wei) meaning, in accordance with one’s wimps and fancies or willful wishes. Therefore the true meaning of wuwei is, “not to act in accordance with one’s wimps and fancies or willful wishes.

Zhuangzi twisted the meaning of wuwei into something like this. One’s spiritual achievement should be about setting one’s mind or soul free and not influenced by any external object or achieve a state of the mind that is free from duality. A person who had free himself from passionate feeling or desire (for any worldly object) would forego the pursuit of fame or material wealth and fully immerge himself as oneness with the universe.

In chapter 2,  Laozi explained the concept of wuwei in the statement, [是以圣人处无为之事]. In the English language it means: A sage deliberated that it is best not to arbitrarily make things or create something purely out of one’s wimps and fanciful ideas or willful wish.

The above statement is targeted at just any one who is a leader (even though he has only one subordinate). If the people (or his subordinates) were to find that he is making something purely out of his wimps and fanciful ideas or willful wish, they will ignore or discriminate against him. He had automatically lost his authority to lead his people (or the team).  

For this reason, all political leaders and managers in all private organization chose to follow Zhuangzi explanation of the phrase, wuwei. They further twisted Zhuangzi’s explanation as ‘静止,不要有所为’meaning, “Hold it. Do not take up any action (against me).” The phrase ‘against me’ was taken for granted even though it would not be pronounced. All political leaders love to cajole their people to hold up all form of actions or reactions that are directed at stopping his wimps and fancies. Likewise, managers in a private organization love to issue orders and see that their demands are always met.

Today, the world is run by corrupted leaders who implement all kind of actions that are purely out of his wimps and fancies or willful wishes. They chose not to learn about true leadership as was taught by Laozi but instead pointed their fingers to Zhuangzi as the greatest student of Laozi and therefore, continue to cajole everyone else to blindly follow their orders.

Summing up, Zhuangzi had utterly destroyed the good work of Laozi with two key misinterpretations. Yet, we are all blinded by Zhuangzi’s works as one of the greatest lineage of philosophical thoughts broadly called, Daoism.    





[1] A good book must rhyme with a chosen theme. If a reader could not get the theme of the book right, more often than not, he is going to miss the concepts or ideas conveyed by the author of this book.

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