Two Models of Cultivating Wisdom for a Good Life
This discussion looks into two alternative models of cultivating wisdom for a good life. One is Plato’s analogy of the beauty ladder, which implies a process of cognitive development ranging from the cultivation of wisdom to the pursuit of ultimate truth, and the other is Zhuangzi’s (Chuang-tse’s) analogy of the mind-heart excursion, which features a process of spiritual cultivation comprising a series of mental enlightenment in search for the supreme Dao. Even though the modes of thinking in these two alternatives are distinct from each other, they have the common pursuit of wisdom for a good life. Moreover, they appear complementary to one another when examined from the perspectives of Hellenic Quietism and Chinese Daoism (Taoism).