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The Aesthetic Connotation of Techniques Associated with Tao

Qiu, Shi (2022) The Aesthetic Connotation of Techniques Associated with Tao. [Preprint]

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A lot of fables in Chuang Tzu interpret techniques, where the combination of techniques and “Tao” is aimed at freeing people from mere technical labor and preventing them from being alienated. The fables Ziqing Carved a Bell Stand with Wood and The Cook Named Ding Cuts up an Ox are taken as examples in this paper, in which, just like in other fables touching upon techniques, the unity of Tao and techniques is promoted to facilitate the return of souls to the true nature and accomplish the technical labor with spiritual freedom and pleasure as the ultimate goal. Such a type of labor is an aesthetic enjoyment that unifies the purpose and the law instead of simply a means of survival for human beings. After developing for thousands of years, science and technology have seen jaw-dropping advancement, but the realization of “Tao”, the utmost purpose accompanying techniques, has all gone. Human beings have been constrained and dominated by technology and lost their pursuit of beauty while buried in utilitarianism. With the imprisoned spiritual freedom, one is no longer himself in a natural and true state, but an alienated person in an alienated world. If we endeavor to delink personalities from techniques in the form of Tao-pursuing, promote human aesthetic activities and the realization of self-awareness, with human beings in the driver’s seat of relationships, and strengthen people’s moral characters in the application of technology in an artistic rather than a utilitarian way, maybe we can, theoretically, expect the change of the current alienation of the mankind, gradually find an effective way to realize it, thus enabling human beings to “live poetically” on the planet.

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Item Type: Preprint
Keywords: Tao; Aesthetic; Connotation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Ms. Shi Qiu
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 04:03
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 04:03
Item ID: 20531
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cultural Evolution
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 29 April 2022

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