This is a bit of cynical taoism or taoist cynicism for your amusement
1. Illustration + lecture
aka Zhuangzi: Click image for
It struck me George Carlin in one of his interviews, linked below, did
take a position that may be both called taoist and cynical
- where I use "cynical" in the philosophical sense - and I
quote from Wikipedia, minus note numbers:
Here is George Carlin
explaining - something like - it, late in his life:
is one of the most striking of all the Hellenistic philosophies. It offered people the possibility of
happiness and freedom from suffering in an age of uncertainty. Although
there was never an official Cynic doctrine, the fundamental principles
of Cynicism can be summarised as follows:
Thus a Cynic has no property
and rejects all conventional values of money, fame, power or reputation.
A life lived according to nature requires only the bare necessities
required for existence, and one can become free by unshackling oneself
from any needs which are the result of convention.
- The goal of life is happiness
which is to live in agreement with Nature.
- Happiness depends on
being self-sufficient, and a master of mental attitude.
- Self-sufficiency is
achieved by living a life of Arete.
- The road to arete is
to free oneself from any influence such as wealth, fame, or power,
which have no value in Nature.
- Suffering is caused by
false judgments of value, which cause negative emotions and a vicious character.
I am not recommending this for
everyone, but it merits serious consideration.
If you want to know more about Taoism there is a version of Lao Tzu's text
on my site, in James
Legge's translation, while there is a nice old translation and
interpretation by Herbert
Giles of Chuang Tzu's text on archive.org
- and I provide a link to the place on archive.org where you can
download a fine copy, without the Google logo disgracing every
This provides a really nice
pdf version, in a bit over 22 MB, of a really nice book I have in
print, in the second edition, in an also nicely done reprint from 1969 .
And whether you agree with Chuang Tzu or not: he is a great writer,
also in this English translation.
 As I have repeatedly said: I dislike Google, and
I dislike especially their digitized books, that seem to me to be a
and dishonest way to appropriate them, effectively.
 For lovers of antiquarian books: I
have the Second Edition, Revised, published by Bernhard
Quaritch Ltd in London in 1926, reprinted (bound edition, not
paperback) by Ch'eng
Wen Publishing Co., Taipei 1969.
(that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: