What Are The Importance Of Skills Essay

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What are skills? Should they be defined as the certain attributes that keep humans alive? Are they specialized abilities that take years of training to obtain a goal? Can people just empty their minds and master a skill without effort? Being skillful is something that first begins as an act that requires constant thought, but as one progresses the thought of a person’s actions become less necessary in order to complete the task. As soon as one gets to the point of mastery, the need for focusing on perfecting actions falls to the wayside and allows for mindlessness in the activity. Zhuangzi believed that the mastery of skills does not include thought, but rather it is the acting instinctively that one drops everything and the path will just …show more content…
These skills, such as being able to cook for yourself or being able to drive a car are necessary in order to live, but need to be learnt after gaining knowledge about the flow. Learning the rules during the first time that you are engaging the task is needed, but should not be constantly focused on the steps in order to become skilled at something. However, this not mean that learning these life skills needs to come before learning how to walk on the path. People who are extremely skillful often just work with the flow empty their minds when performing their tasks rather than try to remember the lessons taught to them about the skill. They are able to filter all of their previous learnt knowledge about the subject and just act in accordance with the flow. Zhuangzi often states that these people are musicians, artisans, and cooks who have trained their lives to understand how to move through life, such as the story about Cook Ding and the Ox. The story is where a Cook is able to move through cutting the ox without having to think about the action he is doing and acting spontaneously. When he meets a spot in the ox that is tough to cut, he does not step back and try to focus on cutting that part, but rather he is able to slice through the ox by not seeing the ox and cutting spontaneously (Ziporyn, 2009). People such as Cook Ding are able to perform these amazing feats because they …show more content…
Ignoring both worrying about failures and seeking pleasure from successes in activities allows for the path to become sharper and can help begin the process of emptying the mind. If a person gorges themselves on either of these kinds of thinking, then they are not masters of their craft yet. Artists and Musicians can only master their craft when they work spontaneously and do not perceive any sign of trouble as complex, but rather as another walk along the path. Emptying the mind is one of the most difficult skills that anyone could try to attempt and it take hundreds of hours of practice just to have an inkling on the emptiness of the mind, but once a person gets to that level of emptiness, than any kind of skill becomes possible to master and the path towards a good life

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