Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on discuss and analyze the interesting problem that was brought up in : freedom: the zhuangzi: chapter 1 (wondering freely). To our mind, the philosopher’s message wasn’t that abstract. His ideas of the purpose of speech can be found in the modern science of NLP, a teaching on communication. Zhuangzi explains that speech is the divine gift, energy coming from Dao and it shouldn’t be spared for nothing. Eloquence has deteriorating consequences for humanity. People have got accustomed to argumentation and standing on their points, instead of listening to each other. Thus we are not able to see the world in its entirety and get separated from Tao, unable to find the way. Dao, the great law, made all things equal. People, perceiving the world from their narrow points of view, see different fragments of the reality. They express their vision through language and speech and cognize the world with the help of speech and language. Speech is a very precious instrument, but used wrong, it breaks the harmony between people and distorts their vision of reality, making it ever more vague and illusive. People can find harmony only through listening to each other.
All things and beings in the world have their own languages. Not only the man has speech, but we can hear the voice of the Earth and Heaven as well. The Earth and Heaven speak with their winds, and all the things in the world produce some sound, communicating with the Universe. Each thing uses its speech to express its moods and to share its knowledge with others. Unfortunately, we are not able to understand the languages of different things. We are not able to understand even each other. Mostly, each of us speaks to himself. What we do is claim that we see the world this or that way. As a rule, we do not really care about the other side’s map of reality. We do not listen to others, being constantly concentrated on our own thoughts and replies.