Philosophy

The following philosophical ideas are essential to this approach, guiding our lines of enquiry in order to more efficiently progress towards a system that more accurately reflects the true nature of things.  


Our philosophy towards living and learning is as follows:


  1. Taking nature as a guide: We perceive that the purpose of life is to learn and evolve/grow. The most reliable and efficient way to do this is to use the following guiding principle: understand, copy and embody nature. This maxim is inspired by the philosophy of Viktor Schauberger.


  1. Self-responsibility: Our view is that an individual's life & well-being is ultimately their responsibility. We seek to empower the individual and reduce unhealthy dependence on other people/institutions. This attitude also requires us not to blame others for our predicament, so that we do not continue to avoid taking responsibility for the state of our lives, our mental/physical condition and the impact of our actions. From a political perspective, this brings real social, economic and environmental efficiency, sustainability and increases the chances of bringing about a more genuine democracy.


  1. Taking the path of least resistance; many problems arise from fighting ourselves, others and nature.  Learning how to avoid this common cultural tendency saves energy, minimises the waste of all kinds of resources, prevents unnecessary conflict, promotes peace/harmony and increases our chances of survival and ‘thrival’.


  1. Living with integrity & coherence: We aim for consistency and fairness in our actions and the standards we apply to ourselves and others. We strive to eliminate all forms of illogical inconsistency in our lives, thinking and behaviour.  This increases our chances for more positive evolution.


  1. Admitting mistakes and being open to change: We are open about our errors and are grateful for the lessons that they have taught us. Unlike other styles that dogmatically set their teachings in stone and do not encourage questioning the ‘received wisdom’ of a tradition, we are open to changing our ideas and methods in the light of experience and rigorous, careful experimentation.  This way we can establish and refine our principles and practices with a degree of scientific honesty and integrity. This is the best attitude for efficient learning and growth.   

  1. Substituting belief for knowledge: we promote the idea of intellectual self-defence, to gain control of our own minds and think independently. We advocate carefully evaluating dogmas to try to uncover the extent of our indoctrination!  This helps in the process of examining our own beliefs, which often contain a flawed logic that can be easily dismantled if we choose to continually challenge our assumptions and commit to thinking independently.


All of the above lead to a more efficient use of the different forms of energy that are available to us, so that we are less likely to waste our lives and more likely to live genuinely creatively, directing more energy towards positive purposes.  




Gu Dang Tai Chi Chuan

London & SE England


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