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I always thought of anything that is a product of life is natural. I would consider an iPhone natural in the sense that us humans have grown in intelligence to be able to create what ever we can understand, the idea of the iPhone was naturally stemmed from our thoughts. Everything to me was natural, i think of everything that happens part of the Way. But the philosopher Xunzi changed my mind. He proposed that most of our surroundings and methods of livelihood are a product of artifice. We have morphed, refined, pressed, altered the world around us. The fruits and berries we eat now grow so prosperously now because we cultivated them to grow within the seasons. We started agriculture and infrastructure. He suggested that natural isn't always a 'good' thing. The idea of being 'true to yourselves' is an escape or excuse from the discipline it takes to control ones self. To even act in accordance with Buddhas teachings could be considered artificial, but it is this artifice that helps us create a world that can hold both humans and all other natural phenomena. The balance between intelligence and spirituality.
What are your thoughts on this philosophy?