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September 2016

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The breath-taking scenery of the Holy ridgeline, which also signifies the vulnerability and changeability of the environment. / Huai-Chi Yang

The breath-taking scenery of the Holy ridgeline, which also signifies the vulnerability and changeability of the environment. / Huai-Chi Yang

Change and Disaster

From the ancient classic – I Ching, we will be able to see the truth about how the world runs. ‘I’ is change. To simplify ( Jian I)’ the truth about how this world runs is not complicated at all, its essence is ‘changeable (Bian I)’ and impermanence, and this is the only ‘unchangeable (Bu I)’ truth.” Professor Shin Wang used the philosophy of I Ching and with only three words, uncovered the essence of the natural environment as well as the social environment – constant change. Natural effects initiate changes, and is the foundation that keeps all things on earth in an everlasting cycle; no matter it is the altering of the four seasons or the rise and fall of the tides, without these changes, earth would not be as lively as today. Change itself is a neutral process and phenomenon, it does not target any life form or groups, but achieved the alternation of life cycles and succession and renewal of the ecosystem.

In Professor Wang’s interpretation, “disaster” is even easier to be clearly defined: “‘Change’ in any environment are all natural effects; if there is no human involved, there is no such thing as ‘disaster’”. When human’s survival interest is affected by the natural changes in the environment and has caused an adverse or negative effect, then disaster is born.

Professor Shin Wang / Hui-Ying Lui

Professor Shin Wang / Hui-Ying Lui
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