The Tao

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The Tao

  1. 1. Daodejing Founded in 3rd century BCE. By: Adrianna, Cadee, Stephen, and Garrett
  2. 2. The Founder  Also 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.
  3. 3. Religion & Philosophy Roots that extend to ancient shamanism.
  4. 4. Principle 1 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 world?” — Lao Tzu
  5. 5. Principle 2 Oneness- A Holistic view  Oneseness- 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.
  6. 6. Principle 3 Manifestations of the Tao  Manifestations 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.
  7. 7. Principle 4 Nature is Unkind  Nature is the uncorrupted reality, there is no mercy and the strong prey on the weak. It is all about survival in the natural world.
  8. 8. Principle 5 Society Versus the Individual  You 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
  9. 9. Principle 6 Humanity and Justice are Artificial Values  How could humanity and justice be bad? Society largely promulgates artificial and not natural notions of virtues. “Humanity” is artificial love and “Justice” is actually artificial punishment.
  10. 10. Principle 7 Non-interference  The taoist acknowledges his inherited limitations and how much effort it takes to develop one’s mind, body and spirit
  11. 11. Principle 8 Camouflage  You 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.
  12. 12. Principle 9 Desires and Limitations  Avoid popular notion that “the sky’s the limit.” This myth causes people to jeopardize themselves with plans motivation by unchecked desired and unrealistic expectations.  “He who knows where to stop may be exempt from danger.” — Lao Tzu
  13. 13. Ying-Yang  Half black half white, each side representing an opposite, the colors balanced each other out.

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