Book of Changes
I found it very interesting that our lecture about Management Theory and Methodology was all about Chinese religion and culture. I love learning about those things, don't get me wrong, and I see how they apply to business, but I still wasn't expecting it to be that in depth. I know a lot of people found it hard to understand the lecture, but I found it very interesting and insightful. The Chinese people base the choice made in a vague decision on something called Taoism which is explained in the Book of Changes. The Taoists believe in 64 iterations of 6 lines each containing both the female and male characters. For example, 6 solid lines means all male, and 6 broken lines means all female. The Taoist believe includes all iterations in between all male and all female. From these iterations, a sequence of characters is made, and they can predict the outcome of an event. (In theory, anyways).
I'm reading a book right now called Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis, and in it he describes how we came to believe what we do. Whether it's Christianity, Taoism, Buddhism, or Atheism, we believe what we do because we were told one way or the other at some point in our lives. We may have no physical proof, or first-hand proof of what it is that we believe, but we do believe it. There is no logic behind our belief, no concrete evidence, necessarily. It floors me that Taoists believe what they do, but that is what they believe because it is the tradition that they were taught.