Ambiguous Description of Reality

It is interesting to see that, as a result of our model, logical description of a reality will necessarily be ambiguous in our words. Or, the words we use to describe a reality will be ambiguous due to the nature of our language, although reality is always unambiguous.

Therefore, the words of Lao-tzu may appear to be “vague, self-contradictory, and indeterminate,” but they logically reflect the reality of Tao with precision. This is an important conclusion of our model. That is, Lao-tzu’s ambiguous words are to be taken seriously and what he describes is not vague or ambiguous.

With this new understanding, we have to change our approach to interpret the Tao Te Ching. We can no longer dismiss Lao-tzu’s words as incomprehensible paradoxes and we have to avoid random speculations based on these ambiguous words. Instead, we have to search for the principle behind these ambiguous words. Our systematic model can guide us.

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