Lao Tzu

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To find the way. What exactly do we mean by this statement? This question is exactly what I asked myself while reading Thoughts from the Tao-Te Ching. Not only did I seek to find the answer to this question, but I also evaluated my thoughts and deeply considered the positive and negative answers as well. While reading this section of the Tao-te Ching I was suddenly overwhelmed with deep thoughts and curiosity. As I would believe anyone would.

Lao-Tzu stands out in my mind as a very bold, powerful, and peaceful man. These descriptions of him may seem to contradict themselves, but they stand true. Not only does his personality seem to contradict but also his writings and teachings. The Tao-Te Ching contains more paradoxes then anything I’ve ever read throughout my entire life. Is this a good or a bad thing? I believe that question is up to us to decide. Lao-Tzu believes that if you “practice not-doing then everything will fall into place.”. How is this possible? In order for everything to fall into place in today’s society one must do everything one can to achieve the set goal. In another sense in reference to the Tao-Te Ching you do nothing and everything will fall into place. How can you do nothing and everything works out perfectly? In my point of view I believe this would be impossible. Although on the other Davis 2

hand it is proven that goals are achieved easier without trying so hard or thinking about it so much. This is one paradox that completely blows my mind.

“When there is no desire, all things are at peace.”. This is one quote from the Tao that I completely agree with. In my point of view I believe that desire and greed go hand in hand. Desire means to long or hope for. We all have desires and we know that some, most, or all of us have certain desires which may be the same. Therefore, they lead to greed. Greed is a self-deserving desire for the pursuit of money, wealth, power, food, or other possessions,...
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