Searching for enlightenment, for health, for truth…

…Attracted to it for reasons which range from a need for exercise to a search for spiritual enlightenment. Whatever our view of the possibilities … we must do our best to be clear-minded and realistic about what it can do for us.
… Some students are drawn … because of an interest in the exotic. Perhaps they are disaffected with their own culture and hope to find a more compatible philosophical climate in another.

… Unquestioning in their acceptance of the worth and utility of ideas and practices they encounter. Sometimes they … become drawn to behaviour thought to  be common in some past imagined golden age. … Consider the teacher some kind of sage …. Pronouncements on areas of life concerning which the teacher may have only limited knowledge are listened to with attention and willing acceptance.

… The … ideal which holds that a person must gather all available evidence, consider it carefully, come to a decision, and, if a vote is in order, be counted as the equal of the next person’s.

The above excerpts are from Herman Kauz’s book on Tai Chi Chuan. What was he talking about? In the first paragraph, he asks us to ensure we understand our attractions to certain experiences, people, places etc, and to keep things in perspective. The second and third paragraphs above, question unthinking acceptance of the propositions of ‘experts.’ Plausibility isn’t fact. And then he says that commonsense should rule and overrule.


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