The I Ching (Book of Change) is an implementation of the ancient Chinese philosophical system Bagua (eight symbols), which describes the harmonious flow of nature. This natural flow is named Tao in Chinese and Dharma in Sanskrit. While the book is used as a tool for divination and study, its ultimate purpose is to enable its users to promote harmony (originally enabling royalty to make harmonious decisions for the provinces they ruled).
The project is the ongoing implementation of this harmonious way within the many diverse contexts brought on by culture and the times.
In the information age the principles can be implemented interactively, accessible to all people of any language from the grass roots level up. The project is not simply another translation of the book's phrases and metaphors into modern archetypes. It is a new kind of computer programming language on which a peer-to-peer network-architecture and collaborative application environment are built. The main focus of this application environment, project development and management, allows any kind of organisation created with it to run efficiently, productively and harmoniously.
- You may as well just make the changes directly to the article so we can see the diff, we can just discuss and revert etc --Nad
My thoughts are that the following statement doesnt need to be there;
- While high efficiency on a large scale may not be in the best interests of the economy, it is very good for the planet and all the life it supports which is in a critical condition.
Everyone would like to strive for efficiency, we just dont necessarily have the tools. This project sees to be about providing the tools/framework for efficiency/collaboration etc. I think be to the point about the project goals, p2p wiki etc, Its the first (and maybe last) sentence that people read before choosing to continue looking or leave.
- 18.104.22.168 14:32, 23 Nov 2005 (NZDT)
I agree with the below. As the summary is the public statement of purpose it should realy be arrived at off-line then published when everybody is happy. I don't wish to neglect the wider scope of what we are doing either.
- Rob 11:19, 28 Sep 2005 (NZST)
We should just discuss any ideas first here then make changes - I don't really care what it says, but I suppose it's just a general principle to avoid problems, especially one day when there's many more people editing - like on the 'pedia :-)
We probably do need to work out a better layout though, so we can have some actual information about the project rather than just links - but not pushing the links off...
- Nad 10:26, 27 Sep 2005 (NZST)
Rob, I think it's good to talk about the universal OS type aspect, but the project is about more than that. I actually think it would be good to add this bit to what was there before. We all have individual aspects that we are working on but we should find a consensus regarding what the big picture is that we are working towards. In that sense, what Aran wrote before resonated more with me.
- Milan 15:22, 26 Sep 2005 (NZST)