Avoid Today's Spiritual Crisis
“Once upon a time, in the roots of Western culture – Greek and Hebrew culture, the goal of life is to become a perfect people. Modern people think that the goal of life is to make perfect things and the knowledge of how to make the perfect things. Westerners are now schizophrenic incompetence - incapable of experiencing emotions."
In the view of Western scientific theory, water is a colorless, tasteless liquid. As the source of life, under the interpretation of Western scientific theories, it has clearly become a normal substance. People began to analyze and study various kinds of substances, and everything on the earth and throughout the universe, including the human body itself, has already become a material system separated from human wisdom that exists only for human beings to research and makes use of.
That is because, in this system of thought, we have become a material-based social system. Under such a social system, we abandon our own feelings or emotions and only focus on the use of unconscious intelligence to judge the existence of matter. This kind of theoretical system has already become popular, completely overwhelming human feelings and emotions. However, human intelligence (rationality) is the lowest expression of consciousness. Once again, mankind embarked on the sinister path of splitting thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and gradually moved toward the path of self-disintegration and destruction, with materiality as the center.
From the perspective of theories of matter, water is indeed a colorless and tasteless liquid, but water from different regions does have different tastes. Since the sweetness and fragrance of water have not been perceived, it could also be rationally said that people have already lost their sense of taste. As Fukuoka Masanobu said: "Because of a spiritual crisis, so humans have become enthusiastic about taste." And this "enthusiasm for taste" is also a clear signal that we humans are heading toward a spiritual crisis.
No matter how crazy the tea factories work on the tea blending, or how crazy businesses can make all kinds of flavored tea, you, as a consumer, can respect the taste of the pure tea itself and start to wake up your true feelings and tastes. If you attentively taste a pure tea without any artificial additives and compare it to a tea made with artificial flavors, then what you do is not only to retrieve your long-lost experience, feeling and emotions, but what's more important is that you use your actions start to protect the precarious ecology in the environment and reverse the entire tea industry – even the agricultural industry's quick and profitable development methods at the expense of nature. At the same time, you will be promoting improvements in the industry, namely making healthier teas instead of low-end teas filled with chemical additives.
In traditional Chinese culture, there is a word called “Pin Cha（品茶）”. In this word, “Pin(品）” means “taste.” This Chinese character consists of three boxes. One box (口)in Chinese means mouth. In Laozi’s (Lao Tzu’s) philosophy, there is such an interpretation: Tao gave birth to the One; the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand...So, in traditional Chinese culture, three also means a lot. Tasting tea is called Pin Cha (品茶). The deeper meaning is that not only can you eat things with one mouth, but you should pay attention to the process of eating. Experiencing the taste of the food changes in the mouth, so that your mouth needs to chew many times to truly taste the food. This is the deeper meaning of "taste tea" (Pin Cha 品茶). A cup of tea can be just like gulping down a glass of water, you won't taste anything. But if you carefully and slowly taste it, you can feel how a simple cup of tea can keep changing in your mouth.
The Chinese Classical literary masterpiece "Dream of Red Mansions" has such interesting ridicule for tea drinkers: "Drinking one cup is a tasting, two cups are stupid things to quench your thirst, and three cups is a cow drinking." It can be seen that in ancient China, people meticulously took their time to taste a cup of tea, and you need to know that a cup of tea in ancient China was only about 15-20 ml. Imagine today coming out of Starbucks and holding a huge cup of flavored tea – in the eyes of the ancient Chinese, we would all look like thirsty cows. So, with such a huge cup of tea, drinking like a cow, how could you know the true taste of tea? No wonder merchants need to put all kinds of flavoring agents and artificial flavors into the tea, otherwise who would notice any flavor?
"No one mirrors his appearance with flowing water with foam on the surface, instead a man uses still water to reflect his appearance because it is motionless. No one examines his face with a block of raw iron, instead a man would examine his countenance in front of a mirror, for it is flat. Only those things that are both flat and still can reflect the true features of other things. By this token, the usage of things must be brought into play through the parts that seem useless in them. Because a man bears Tao in his heart, happiness will arrive."
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