Daniele Bolelli speaking with Dan Carlin about the nuances implicit in life
Daniele: That's I guess what I like about Daoism. That it's a known label. You know, it's exactly this notion. It's applying an approach that leaves you free to use reason where reason has a place. To use emotions where emotions have a place. To use whatever tool helps for that specific situation without having to defend some abstract ideology every time, you know.
Dan: It's tight but loose then right?
Daniele: Exactly!. That's why I thought that the Jimmy Page statement was perfect Taoism right there.
Dan: Your philosophy and world view is tight but loose, maybe that's mine too.
Daniele: I love that. There are a couple of quotes in regards to what you were just saying, that fascinates me a lot that I like very much. One is by Nietzsche who said that: 'The wisest man would be the one richest in contradictions' - which I dig very much. And another one was Walt Whitman who asked; ' Do I contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes'. - Which is not a hint to schizophrenia or anything, it's acknowledging that there is more to life than one face. And there are more sensibility, talents, sides of yourself that come into play in different scenarios and they have a place in the right context in the right situation. But I can understand why your old Editors or some of the Directors of programs would hate that because everybody likes stereotypes. Everybody likes labels. Well, not everybody maybe, but it's a typical thing. It's like when you publish a book, which section of the book store do we plug it under. You know, which heading? Where do we file it? You know, there's this desire to have things easily recognizable quickly for simplicity's sake, which ultimately ends up over simplifying reality rather than just simplifying it. - Which is a big, big difference right there.
Episode #23 of The Drunken Taoist podcast @ -49:05