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April 23, 2019


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Chinese civilization in the past may have attained such a harmony, but your statement most certainly does not apply to contemporary China, which is quite materialist and robotic. And this is not only the result of communism. There is something about Confucianism which, in spite of all its good points, tends towards conformity and rigidity. Zhuangzi was right to make fun of it, though it must also be said that Zhuangzi's teaching by itself cannot be the basis of a civilization. So long as Chinese civilization was Confucian while ALSO having Buddhism and Daoism for people inclined to the spiritual search, they probably had a good balance. But they have gradually descended into materialism, along with the rest of the world.

A stone has consciousness.

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