This article discusses what Taoism may offer as a worldview and argues that its ideas have therapeutic potential for the modern mind.

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I’m having trouble understanding > As nature follows the Tao, so too does human activity. The problem, however, is that we humans get in our own way. We interfere with the Tao, the natural way of things, by clinging to our judgments, expectations and desires. Isn’t “clinging to our judgements, expectations, and desires” a valid expression of human nature and therefore in accordance with the Tao?

theglandcanyon

I have felt this therapeutic effect myself, when I was struggling with life in the past. The problem, as I see it, is that the term “nature” today is overwritten with layers upon layers of meaning and purpose. It’s extremely hard to go “back”, if that’s even a useful metaphor. I believe “the problem” comes down to language as a system that produces meaning. Language is extremely useful for asking questions, but catastrophic for supplying answers. Yet we still seek answers in a conceptual way. And can you blame us? It brought us so far as a society. But that’s not nature. Nature is non-conceptual. For me, this simple thought does the whole trick. Can anyone relate?

philwasalreadytaken

But first we have to consult with ancient Chinese experts to get a proper understanding of Taoism because that Laozu guy was a bit ambiguous at times to say the least.

standardtrickyness1

That desire blocks knowing is a spiritual principle. Some people are so full of appetite and satisfaction of it that they do not know the truth. To me, this is true. They don’t even know the truth of what happens when they only satisfy appetite. The word “desire” can apply to appetites. It also implies sex. When you are wrapped up in the carnal, you can only, to progress, try to deal with your addictions, not with the truth. I like how the Tao is explained in this article. This is a good post.

peoplewhoare

Just nice dude

tenegileep