In a way, it is all coming together for me with respect to pudge.
Of course, pudge often uses the term "liar", when a less judgmental term such as "self-deluded", "wrong", "mistaken", "I disagree", or such could be used.
Many would like to call him a liar, or worse- myself among them at times.
When I see something like, for example, when pudge writes:
"If you had asked, however, whether I am open to change, irrespective of the calendar, then yes, always." ,
I confirm I am tempted to take issue with the word "always" used in the context of "open to change".
What is dawning on me is that probably it is very hard for him to help himself- he thinks he has free will, he thinks he is open, but how much do any of us have free will?
But the Tao is in all of us.