Becoming Bamboo: Western and Eastern Explorations of the by Robert E. Carter

By Robert E. Carter

The various difficulties we are facing in modern day international -- between them warfare, environmental destruction, spiritual and racial intolerance, and beside the point applied sciences -- call for that we rigorously think again such concerns as our relation to the surroundings, the character of development, final reasons, and human values. those are all matters, Robert Carter explains, which are in detail associated with our conception of life's that means. whereas many books talk about life's which means both analytically or prescriptively, Carter addresses values and methods of significant dwelling from a broader viewpoint, utilizing jap philosophy to enhance his research. He examines Martin Heidegger's contrast among living and present on this planet, Lawrence Kohlberg's degree seven of human ethical improvement, and the works of Viktor Frankl, Carol Gilligan, and Nel Noddings. He applies hermeneutic and deconstructionist thought to the query of which means, and explores the feminist contribution to ethics and its relation to the interconnectedness of items celebrated in Zen and Shinto concept. Bridging a variety of dichotomies similar to East/West, reason/emotion, male/female, and caring/justice, Carter exhibits that ethics, environmental trouble, being concerned, and pleasure in dwelling are depending on the expansion and transformation of the self. basically by means of turning into conscious of the interrelatedness of items, Carter unearths, will we develop into as supple and as robust because the bamboo tree, lengthy the logo of toughness and fidelity.

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This rushing from window-side to window-side of the coach continued over several hours, all the way to Takayama. We appreciated the natural beauty of rock formations, old forests, rivers and streams, and even individual trees gnarled with age. Several seasoned travellers along this route were able to give enough advance warning that a "natural treasure" was soon to be in view to allow all of us to rush to the correct 33 Values and Valuation side, express our emotions, glance at one another with appreciative shared delight in our eyes, only to await the next treasure along the way.

The way we learn to do this is "primarily an education of our sensibility ... "35 SENSUALITY Training in sensuality is one direct path to the education of the emotions, to the realization of our potential for feeling. In many ways, this is the actual theme of this entire book. To enhance one's capacity to feel, and particularly to be able to identify the valuationally superior or preferable, is to enrich the nature and the extent of meaning in one's life by making possible a perception of the relatedness of life within a living cosmos.

Pragmatic man views the bridge as a means of getting over the river in a convenient and time-saving way. Technological man wishes to find ways of erecting the bridge quickly and simply. The Heideggerian conceives of the bridge as an expression of and a preserver of the fourfold (earth, sky, the gods, and mortals). The bridge does not simply provide a convenient way across the river by connecting the banks on either side.

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