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The Three Vinegar Tasters


The painting of the three vinegar tasters is a Chinese painting that offers a very useful concept that I found. The painting is off three old men tasting vinegar. Each man has a different reaction to the taste. One man reacts with a sour look on his face, another with a bitter expression and the other man with a sweet expression. These three men are not just random men. The three men are Confucius (A Chinese philosopher), Buddha (a spiritual teacher) and Laozi (A philosopher of ancient china and the centre figure of Taoism). Each mans reaction to the taste represents the predominant attitude of his religion.

Confucius saw life, as sour and that it needed rules to correct the degeneration of all people. Buddha saw life as bitter full of pain, chaos, suffering etc. Laozi saw life as good, in its natural state. So when you go into the meaning of the painting you realize that the vinegar is in fact the essence of life.

A concept I have picked up from this painting is to see the good side of things. Confucius and Buddha saw life for its bad points however Laozi saw the good side of things. I think it is very important to see the good side of things especially for a Jedi. Life isn’t all good but it isn’t all bad and a lot of people struggle to see it. This painting is a very good painting. Loazi accepts life for what it is. He has no expectations for the vinegar. He simply accepts it for vinegar and doesn’t make it any more or less than what it is. Like life he accepts it for what it is.


One response

  1. al

    Do you know what museum the original of this painting is at? Your picture looks a bit squat, but I think this is the picture whose location I am looking for.

    If you have the answer can you send it to me in an e mail?



    February 18, 2011 at 6:21 pm

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