Contributions from Taoist Stories to the Ecological-Spiritual Crisis of Contemporary Mankind
Gómez Arévalo, José Arlés
This article presents the results of work done by the research group Science- Spirituality, whose third phase is called The Concept of Natural Harmony in Regards to the Man-nature Relationship: A Dialogue between Western and Eastern Cultures. This phase is an attempt to borrow from emerging Western epistemologies together with Far East traditions,primarily the ancient Chinese Taoist tradition. Taking as a starting point the contemporary mankind crisis which has been proclaimed by philosophy, science and culture and regarding that which thinkers and scientists alike, such as Husserl and Prigogine have concluded, the limitations of modern-thinking are highlighted and a thorough revision of this thinking has been proposed. This revision must be done based onthe sense of humanity and on the dialogue between sciences and other cultures. In this case: Far Eastern culture.This research work is built upon the idea of examining our perception concerning Taoist culture, assuming that this culture is reflected in its narratives and fables and that they offer an opportunity to gain new insights and meanings regarding the world and some of the issues faced by contemporary humankind. Thus, the category crisis becomes particularlyimportant since it is understood as a challenge or opportunity in an increasingly globalized and technology-oriented world marked by problems such as inequality, exclusion, paradoxes and the contradictions of the human being, including himself, others and furthermore a permanent critical relationship to nature from which he or she has been disconnectedin a physical, spiritual and energetic way (Guenon, 2010, 34).