Emma Zahren-Newman

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Uncarved Block

This is something from my sketchbook a few weeks ago. I had an interesting conversation with a Cuban student in which I realized: if he didn't know the answers, he jumped to the next most probable conclusion and stuck with it. Among many things, I learned this about myself that night: I don't jump to conclusions. If I do not know something, I do not know it. It does not destroy me to have gaps in my knowledge, fundamentally, I am ignorant. I do not know most things. From an empty mind, I can create room for only knowledge and inner peace. I found myself thinking about the Daoist notion of the I carved block. What do you think? Am I on the right path to understanding the way of the I carved block?
Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor What is the essence Daoism?

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman I found this in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy... According to the Daodejing, "sages empty
themselves, becoming void of the discriminations used in conventional language and culture.
Sages concentrate their internal energies (qi). They clean their vision (ch. 10). They manifest
naturalness and plainness, becoming like uncarved wood (pu) (ch. 19). They live naturally and
free from desires rooted in the discriminations that human society makes (ch. 37) They settle
themselves and know how to be content (ch. 46)." It seems like a similar concept at to what I was feeling while creating this sketch... what do you think, @Adam?

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Rajat-- do you have any opinions?

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Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor Ok I now get the connection with uncarved wood.

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Rajat

Rajat It appears that notion of having no form and therefore no rigidity, if I understand correctly. In another way it may be something that can still be carved or malleable.

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