Re: further thoughts on taoism

Robert Feldhaus (
Thu, 10 Sep 1998 08:36:07 -0700

At 12:47 AM 9/9/98 -0500, Esteban wrote:

<excerpt><smaller>I've read that there is not "to be" verb in Mandarin;
therefore, the fallacy of reification is less likely to happen; and then,
maybe, it's easier to overcome the limits of language.


I've also heard of Robert Anton Wilson's proposal of "E-prime", which is
simply the English language minus all forms of the verb "to be." I
didn't know about the Mandarin situation, or whether Wilson derived his
idea from the Mandarin or not. I do think that the Buddhist emphasis on
the process nature of our experience of the world implies a negation of
the static concept of "being." Only things with abiding essences can
"be" something, and Buddhist philosophy expressly denies the existence of
things with abiding essences, proposing instead the process nature of all
Becoming, and the interdependence of all events in such a way that none
has individual, separate existence.