On the limits of knowledge

By Joern Fischer

Just as food for thought, here’s a quote from Alan Watts’ “The Way of Zen”, this one relating to Taoism:

Lao-tzu is still more forceful in his apparent condemnation of conventional cleverness:

“Cut out sagacity; discard knowingness,
and the people will benefit a hundredfold.
Cut out “humanity”; disregard righteousness,
and the people will regain love of their fellows.
Cut out cleverness; discard the utilitarian,
and there will be no thieves and robbers. …”

Academics typically assume that more knowledge is what makes for a better world. Does it?

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