A Philosophical View of Tai Chi Chuan– Innate Goodness

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In order to take action, as distinct from merely reacting, we must be free from domination of the past, which includes all the biological and social programming. This is not an easy matter. Psychologically, there must be major changes. Many people think they are free when they are running away from issues. But if we are to be truly free, we do not try to escape; we do not need to run away from anyone or anything. We do not flee from our traditions nor do we rebel against them. Rebellion is a reaction, not an action; it cannot set us free. Psychologically we have to let the past die. Then we are free. Only when we are free can we see things clearly, only then can we understand problems as they are, not as we wish them to be. In other words, we must not cling to our particular experiences, judgements, and prejudices, which prevent us from seeing things as they are.

For thousands of years people have been living on beliefs, “certainties,” uncertainties, anxiety, excitement, loneliness, fear, and endless misery. The world has been turbulent for the very beginning, and today shows signs of imminent chaos. Throughout history many people have tried to improve the world; and many are trying now. Unfortunately, almost all those efforts to solve problems and eliminate injustice can only lead to more problems and more injustices.  Most theories, “-isms,” religions, and philosophies,  have been developed in an attempt to solve human problems. Yet none of these attempts are proven satisfactory.

Is there then hope for a better world? The answer is , “Yes!” But it is not a political, philosophical, religious, or moral answer. It is a human answer, from the heart. The answer is actually built into the question, for it is our innate goodness which asks the question.


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Level 1: Paraphrasing- 

State in your own words the meaning of each sentence. 

To act and not react, you have to eliminate how the past controls your life through your conditioned body and brainwashed mind. This is a very difficult. Extreme change is needed. When you avoid problems on purpose you make them worse. To be free do not avoid anyone or anything. Do not reject and fight against what has been established. Fighting back is a reaction that imprisons you. You have to let go of the past to be free. To be free you must see the world as it is, not as your brainwashed mind want you to see it.  When you have clarity you see the world as it is not as you want it to be. Let go of belief, judgment, and experience in your life, if you want to know and love yourself. 

Beliefs, judgments, and the emotions that go with them, have caused your greatest suffering. We beat ourselves up and take the misery out on others. This history of self abusive chaos is grows everyday.  Efforts to make the world better have only led to more suffering and misery. Politics, philosophy, religion, and morality are meant to control us. This doesn’t work.

Is there any chance we can improve and be better human beings? Of course. However, don’t look to politics, philosophy, religion, and morality to improve and be a better person. Feel and look inside your heart. The answer is not outside yourself. Begin by looking deeply into yourself to embrace your innate goodness.


Level 2: Explicating

  1. State the main point.
    1. To change the world change yourself. 
  2. In other words….
    1. When we look outside of ourselves to improve we cause ourselves more suffering. To be free focus your intention on our heart, the center of innate goodness.
  3. For example…
    1. Whenever we react to another person the reaction itself is what imprisons us. To be true to our innate goodness we must learn to act not react. This takes practice. 

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