Friday, February 13, 2009

Taoism and Music

I wonder what Lao Tsu thought about music.  If a rock is so perfect and a flower so beautiful, the what about music, especially classical music?  I can see that untouched, nature is perfectly perfect and the houses and roads we erect, while they certainly make life easier, they could hardly be considered superior in the Tao sense of the world.
But what about classical music?  Could anyone deny that a beautiful landscape could be enhanced with an arrangement by Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven?  That is a tough one.  Classical music is wholly a human construct.  Musical instruments are complicated and contrived.  How then could a beautiful song compete with a beautiful, untouched stream or beach or vista?  IMHO it does.

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