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Sage Its Not A Herb Throughout the course of human existence man has always considered himself to be the ruler of the world All other living species were lower in the food chain and therefore are less intelligent and important After studying the philosophies of Chuang Tzu and Taoism I wonder whether or not that is actually true Are we really better than the lizard lying on the rock or the fish in the sea We human beings have always lived our lives wanting desiring what we dont have Just like the Hindu brahma Chuang Tzu and Taoism have their sage The best definition of a sage is its synonyms Perfect man Great Man Holy Man and True Man Chuang Tzu would describe the Taoist sage in a way that implies that he has magical powers that he moves in a trance-like state He is immune to any kind of harm He might even be immortal Even though he didnt intend for his description to be metaphorically understood there is evidence that it was taken literally The reason being the fact that the Taoist schools in the later times interpreted it that way Chuang Tzu had contrasted the sage with the average man in a way that put the human race to shame He saw the man-made ills of war poverty and injustice He saw the natural ills of disease and death But he believed that they were ills only because man recognized them as such If man would once forsake his habit of labeling things good or bad desirable or undesirable then the man-made ills which are the product of mans purposeful and value ridden actions would disappear and the natural ills that remain would no longer be seen as ills but as an inevitable part of the course of life Thus in my eyes man is the author of his own suffering and
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