Founded in 3rd century BCE.
known as Taoism, Daoism traces its
roots to 6th century BC Chinese
philosopher Laozi wrote the iconic book
Dao De Jing on the tenets of the Dao.
Religion & Philosophy
Roots that extend to
The Goal is Contentment
The goal is commitment. To explain
how the world operates and the best
way to navigate through life.
“Who can find repose in a muddy
— Lao Tzu
Oneness- A Holistic view
atlolistic view Taoism is a
philisophical and religious system built on
a holistic view or reality. Uniteies all
existence with principles that cut across
both the seen and unseen dimensions.
Manifestations of the Tao
or the tao Taoism
acknowledges mans inherent intellectual
limitations and consequentl avoids
concepts that annot be tested and
verified by practical application- reason
alone is not to be trusted.
Nature is Unkind
is the uncorrupted reality, there is
no mercy and the strong prey on the
weak. It is all about survival in the natural
Society Versus the Individual
sacrifice personal contentment for
the good of anonymous others.
“The people of the world all have a
purpose; I alone appear stubborn and
uncouth. I alone differ from the other
people, and value drawing sustenance
from the mother.” –Lao Tzu
Humanity and Justice are Artificial Values
could humanity and justice be bad?
Society largely promulgates artificial and
not natural notions of virtues. “Humanity”
is artificial love and “Justice” is actually
taoist acknowledges his inherited
limitations and how much effort it takes to
develop one’s mind, body and spirit
have no self interest. To deal with this
undesired animosity, Lao Tzu maintains
that one needs to disguise such beliefs
using a strategy of camouflage.
Desires and Limitations
popular notion that “the sky’s the
limit.” This myth causes people to
jeopardize themselves with plans
motivation by unchecked desired and
“He who knows where to stop may be
exempt from danger.”
— Lao Tzu
black half white, each side
representing an opposite, the colors
balanced each other out.