November 17, 2006

The Tao is Silent - Raymond Smullyan

At all costs, the Christian must convince the heathen and the
atheist that God exists, in order to save his soul. At all costs,
the atheist must convince the Christian that the belief in God is
but a childish and primitive superstition, doing enormous harm to
the cause of true social progress. And so they battle and storm and
bang away at each other. Meanwhile the Taoist Sage sits quietly by
the stream, perhaps with a book of poems, a cup of wine, and some
painting materials, enjoying the Tao to his hearts content, without
ever worrying whether or not the Tao exists. The Sage has no need to
affirm the Tao; he is far too busy enjoying it!

-– Raymond Smullyan, the Tao is Silent
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