Originally Posted by LFJ
It is just that nowadays people write both as 气, and forget about the separate concepts, as you have. This is a huge mistake, because there are many finer details to these concepts which you will be missing.
No. You just seem a little too naive and uneducated on the topic, while making very large unfounded claims here.
is it nowadays ? is it a huge mistake?
Translate the following and see where do you stand with your opinion.
Now here you post something which makes the same point that you refute-
that of having two separate concepts, i.e. "先天元气" and "后天水谷之精气". These (结合而化生) combine to make up "Genuine Qi" 真气.
Originally the character 炁 refers to the former "Intrinsic Qi" (先天之炁), while the character 气 refers to the latter "Extrinsic Qi" (后天之气). These combined create "Genuine Qi" (真气).
What's wrong to call it 先天元气 instead of 先天之炁 without using the character 炁?