“Mountain Has Its Height, …”

I found these wise words in a Chinese forum, just translated them into English:

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Mountain has its height, water has its depth, there is no reason to compete;

Wind has its freedom, cloud

Heart Mountain, Alberta, Canada
Heart Mountain, Alberta, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

has its tenderness, there is no reason to imitate;

Search for whatever you think is joyful; dwell on whatever you think is worth; appreciate whatever you think is happy. There is nothing would not be judged, there is nothing would not be envied;

Be truthful to yourself, follow your heart, there will be no regret;

There is only one path in life: your own path;

There are two treasures of life: good health, loving heart; (Original text “young heart”)

There are three kinds of friends: those who lend money to you; those who attend your wedding; those who attend your funeral.

There are four adversities in life: can’t see through, can’t give it up, can’t lose, can’t put it down.

There are five maxims for life: persevere no matter how hard it is; take it light no matter how valuable it is; restrain your spending no matter how rich you are; be passionate no matter how cold you are.

There are six treasures in life: physical health; knowledge; dream; belief; confidence; courage.

Quotes From "Dexter"

“You used God, not another way around.”
“Light cannot exist without darkness. Each has its purpose. If there is the purpose to my darkness, maybe it is to bring some balance to the world. “
Dexter – “a father, a son, a serial killer”

Reason of Falsifiability – Quote from Liu Xiaobo

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The biggest mistake within all mistakes humans ever made is avoiding making mistakes; the most foolish foolishness within all foolishness of humans is believing in absolutes; the weakest weakness within all weaknesses of humans is establishing power. There is no omnipotent power, not God, not science, not Truth itself. This is the enlightenment that “Reason of falsifiability*” brought to human kind.

— Liu Xiaobo, Spirit of Reason



*”Reason of falsifiability” is my temporary translation which may not be entirely correct.

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Quotes from Liu Xiaobo (5)

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(From Mist of Metaphysics, Chapter 4: Kant – the Copernicus-like Revolution )

Religionizing Science is the most indiscernible and most dangerous (process?), but religionizing faith is the nature of life. The impact of Kant’s idea – God had nothing to do with science – to modern philosophy is to remind us: never to religionize science and knowledge. In modern philosophy, Karl Popper’s scientific philosophy -that is the denial of religionizing science – is much more important than Nietzsche’s denial of God, because what Popper said was what we are capable to do, and what Nietzsche was not.

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(Kant) Fallacy originated from the pursue of absolute, ultimate or infinite by our reason, and the belief that this is achievable. This is what I said “mist of metaphysics” – the belief that our reason is capable of deciphering nature, unveiling the secret of life, deducing the existence of God, proving immortality of our soul. But all of these “capabilities” are delusional and fallacious. p226
The blind belief on fallacy is harmful, but not all harmful in terms of ethics. It brings infinite, unlimited and valuable hope to limited, transient and meaningless life. This “hope” can be both positive and negative: when it works as only a reference, it is positive; when it works as an absolute, it is negative. From this perspective, the losing “hope” of modern people is not really so hopeless, not really a collapse of everything, but just a destroy of those “absolute” – which worked as the only value of life, as a bound our hope. p226
No matter how dexterity and smart the Hegel’s philosophy seems, overall, there’s never been any philosophic systems as “obese” as Hegel’s, never been any as “radiant” and “grand”, and as stupid and pale. It indeed was a sparkling pyramid, but underneath, it didn’t hold a seed of any life, but buried a putrid dead body. A tomb is a symbol of dead, no matter how grand it is. The wit of history is such: the true end of metaphysics was not marked by its sharpest opponent Kant, but by its most loyal follower – Hegel. p262
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Quote from Liu Xiaobo (4)

Chinese Christmas gift: Dissident Liu Xiaobo S...Image by k-ideas via Flickr(From Mist of Metaphysics)

If the Crucifixion was the most shocking moment of Christianity, the thoughts of St. Augustine is the most unforgettable thoughts of Dark Age. The misery revealed by these two (persons) has been hunting human being until today. We must admit, this revelation is a brutal braveness, and a cruel awakening. (P116)

Discovering mysteries of nature by science was not only marked by several “natural principles” – in terms of anti-metaphysics – but changing human’s belief. However, in modern history, the thinking style of human has not yet got rid of monism, hence scientism created a new God, new “metaphysics” – a rational, scientific myth. To destroy this myth, was the task of modern philosophy. (P124)

In the world there has never been “absolute lightness” and “absolute darkness”. “Absolute” is the synonym of “hypocritical”. (P124)

Having been broken the bound of religions and metaphysics, what human could do to conquer nature, develop life and get rid of the tragedy of human itself? This is the task of modern philosophy. In other words, a nature without the power of God, an individual without command of authority, how human could define himself? From this perspective, modern philosophy is not about God, nor about Nature, but Human himself. (P127)

There was a phenomenon, consisted of two contradictory attitudes – an objective empirical view toward the nature on one hand, a transcendantal or almost religious attitude toward the world on other hand – would co-exist within a single mind of a single philosopher… Maybe, human could never get rid of this dualism – swing back forth forever in between soberness and mystery. (P127)

Modern “philosophy of life” meant to destroy the rationalism which started from Socrate, Christianity and Hegelianism; “scientific philosophy” meant to destroy the empiricism from Bacon to Newton. So the anti-metaphysics is virtually anti-absolutism in many forms, ideas, “God”, reason, experience, or science, whoever goes to absolute, whoever will receive challenge from anti-metaphysics. (P131)

In terms of thinking style, believing all knowledge must come from experience is the same as believing all knowledge must come from God. (P136)
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