Be Like Water
When working on his Science and civilization of china, Joseph Needham noticed that water an drivers have run right through Chinese history, thought, its land, life and culture as the blood-stream of its existence and survival. From the earliest times to the present, as Joseph Needham traced it, man’s ingenuity has been forged to invent ways to harness the rivers for the benefit of life. For example, Confucian officials inclined towards more interventionist engineering, with higher, narrower dykes.
However, Taoist philosophers of ancient China, different from Confucian officials’ perspective of technology and engineering, favoured a light touch, drawing off the excess with canals and allowing the river to flood widely, depositing rich silt on the flood plain. Besides, they also focused on