One of Zhuangzi’s central themes is that to depend on anything is to set oneself up for disappointment and, when one’s entire raison d’etre requires that something be “true”, despair. To depend on reason and ideas is to lean on a flimsy reed. As an alternative he suggests we learn to reconnect with our own unmediated life experience which simply is and requires no reason to be. This movement is ultimately one of entrusting oneself to the unknowable, for one remains “ever not-knowing one’s source”; no surety, no reason to be, is on offer. But this is an idea. So, for Zhuangzi ideas are very important. But more important still is that we realize that to which they point and then forget them.

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