The Tao Te Ching  By Yolandra Brown, Nicole Smith,         & Alexis Burkhardt
Thought Provoking   THE TAO IS OPPOSITE OF WESTERN CULTURE.It emphasizes power in the Tao (universe) rather than people.Co...
The idea of rushing ahead is seen in our own culture. Forexample, many young girls try to act much older than they are,and...
The idea of rushing ahead is seen in our own culture. Forexample, many young girls try to act much older than they are,and...
n t ...Co     The idea of “non-action” may seem foreign to us, as     Americans always seem to be in such a hurry.        ...
The Tao Te Ching challenges the                  “American Dream.” Tao Te Ching would claim that the “American Dream” plac...
The Tao Te Ching challenges the                  “American Dream.” Tao Te Ching would claim that the “American Dream” plac...
The Tao Te Ching challenges the                  “American Dream.” Tao Te Ching would claim that the “American Dream” plac...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Again, con           twe are lar radicts Western socgoals.     gely driven         iety, as                       by our h...
Contemporary              IssuesTHE TAO PRESENTS CONTRASTING VIEWS TO THEUNITED STATES ABOUT HOW PEOPLE SHOULD BE         ...
Contemporary              IssuesTHE TAO PRESENTS CONTRASTING VIEWS TO THEUNITED STATES ABOUT HOW PEOPLE SHOULD BE         ...
“IF A NATION IS CENTERED IN THE TAO, IF IT NOURISHESITS OWN PEOPLE AND DOESN’T MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF   OTHERS, IT WILL ...
“IF A NATION IS CENTERED IN THE TAO, IF IT NOURISHESITS OWN PEOPLE AND DOESN’T MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF   OTHERS, IT WILL ...
“If you want togovern the people,you must placeyourself belowthem.” (65)“When thegovernment is tointrusive, peoplelose the...
“If you want togovern the people,you must placeyourself belowthem.” (65)“When thegovernment is tointrusive, peoplelose the...
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    1. 1. The Tao Te Ching By Yolandra Brown, Nicole Smith, & Alexis Burkhardt
    2. 2. Thought Provoking THE TAO IS OPPOSITE OF WESTERN CULTURE.It emphasizes power in the Tao (universe) rather than people.Controversial because we are raised to believe that as individuals,we are ultimately in control of our own lives.American culture: Be assertive, make your own way, and “pullyourself up by your bootstraps.” “Rus fail hing in you . Tryin to act pro lose th g to grion, yo j ruinect to em. Fo asp th u ripe what compl rcing ings, .” (6 e a trol. 4) was altion, yo“Stop trying to con s anD n mos t uLet go of fixed plaworldconcepts, and the ” (57)will govern itself.
    3. 3. The idea of rushing ahead is seen in our own culture. Forexample, many young girls try to act much older than they are,and many older women cling to their youth. But these areunnatural and go against nature.
    4. 4. The idea of rushing ahead is seen in our own culture. Forexample, many young girls try to act much older than they are,and many older women cling to their youth. But these areunnatural and go against nature.
    5. 5. n t ...Co The idea of “non-action” may seem foreign to us, as Americans always seem to be in such a hurry. “True mastery Can be Gained by letting Things Go Their own Way. it can’t be gained by interfering.” (48) “Just stay at the center of the circle, and let things take their course.” (19) Knowing that the universe is guiding us can be a comfort; relief in knowing that we don’t always have to worry about fixing problems.
    6. 6. The Tao Te Ching challenges the “American Dream.” Tao Te Ching would claim that the “American Dream” places too much emphasis on individual power rather than the ultimate power of the Tao.Living in the moment by banishing hopes, fears, and desires, as they serveas distractions.
    7. 7. The Tao Te Ching challenges the “American Dream.” Tao Te Ching would claim that the “American Dream” places too much emphasis on individual power rather than the ultimate power of the Tao.Living in the moment by banishing hopes, fears, and desires, as they serveas distractions.
    8. 8. The Tao Te Ching challenges the “American Dream.” Tao Te Ching would claim that the “American Dream” places too much emphasis on individual power rather than the ultimate power of the Tao.Living in the moment by banishing hopes, fears, and desires, as they serveas distractions.
    9. 9. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    10. 10. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    11. 11. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    12. 12. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    13. 13. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    14. 14. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    15. 15. Again, con twe are lar radicts Western socgoals. gely driven iety, as by our hop es and “Hope and f arise from ear are both phanto don’t see th thinking of the self. ms that “Be co W fear?” (13) e self as self, what do hen we with nten we have to wha t have t you ; rejo the w ice in ay th are. When ings real you ther ize t e is n hat othin lack whol ing, t g e wo he belon rld gs to you.” (44)
    16. 16. Contemporary IssuesTHE TAO PRESENTS CONTRASTING VIEWS TO THEUNITED STATES ABOUT HOW PEOPLE SHOULD BE GOVERNED ning a is “G over untry ge cog a small lar yin fr u spoil itlike . Yo h fish too muc with ing.” (60) pok
    17. 17. Contemporary IssuesTHE TAO PRESENTS CONTRASTING VIEWS TO THEUNITED STATES ABOUT HOW PEOPLE SHOULD BE GOVERNED ning a is “G over untry ge cog a small lar yin fr u spoil itlike . Yo h fish too muc with ing.” (60) pok
    18. 18. “IF A NATION IS CENTERED IN THE TAO, IF IT NOURISHESITS OWN PEOPLE AND DOESN’T MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS, IT WILL BE THE LIGHT TO ALL NATIONS.” (61) The U.S. continuously meddles in other countries affairs, serving as some may view the “know-it-all”. The U.S. acts in this way to maintain its standing as a powerful nation, but this action also makes other nations annoyed by us. The Tao states that if the U.S. wants to be a model nation to others, we should instead keep to our own affairs.
    19. 19. “IF A NATION IS CENTERED IN THE TAO, IF IT NOURISHESITS OWN PEOPLE AND DOESN’T MEDDLE IN THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS, IT WILL BE THE LIGHT TO ALL NATIONS.” (61) The U.S. continuously meddles in other countries affairs, serving as some may view the “know-it-all”. The U.S. acts in this way to maintain its standing as a powerful nation, but this action also makes other nations annoyed by us. The Tao states that if the U.S. wants to be a model nation to others, we should instead keep to our own affairs.
    20. 20. “If you want togovern the people,you must placeyourself belowthem.” (65)“When thegovernment is tointrusive, peoplelose theirspirit.” (75)“For governing acountry wellthere is nothingbetter thanmoderation.” (59)
    21. 21. “If you want togovern the people,you must placeyourself belowthem.” (65)“When thegovernment is tointrusive, peoplelose theirspirit.” (75)“For governing acountry wellthere is nothingbetter thanmoderation.” (59)

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