Can We Learn from Chinese Tradition about the Natural World?

One can argue that the western tradition, the Hebrew/Christian tradition, actually fostered a feudal or imperialistic domination of nature. By contrast scholars have argued that eastern philosophies (Buddhism, Taoism, etc) have revered the natural processes.

Joseph Needham wrote:

“for the Chinese the natural world was not something hostile or evil, which had to be perpetually subdued by will-power and brute force, but something much more like the greatest of all living organisms, the governing principles of which had to be understood so that life could be lived in harmony with it” (1976).

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