Taoism: The Balance of Nature and Humans

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Taoism has many profound theories which can be difficult to understand. Taoism is a balanced relationship between humans and nature. The most basic concept is the Tao. This originally refers to the road extending in one direction. The Tao is unseen and unheeded, yet it is the Tao that is truly and constantly useful, like the space in a vessel or a window. (Choice)Tao refers to the rules governing behaviors in human beings and objects. In order to make this theory become more clear Taoism draws a Taiji Diagram: This is a curve dividing a circle into two parts, one half is in white representing Yang (the bright side) while the other is in black, representing Yin (the dark side). There is a black dot in the white part, while a white dot is in the black part representing the Yin and Yang of each other and can transform into the counterpart. The original name since it looks like two fish end to end is called Diagram of Yin Yang Fish. There is no greater illusion than fear, no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself, no greater misfortune than having an enemy. (Mitchell)Taoism wants peace and stability like many other religions. Taoism thinks people must perform according to rules in order to gain a harmonious and orderly world where everyone is equal and kind to each other. With this belief there is more the world should exist without wars; this only brings disaster and suffering. Taoist’s should live in peace harmoniously with nature; they should also protect nature instead of destroying it. Taoism is one of the great philosophical and religious traditions that originated in China. Taoism and Confucianism began at about the same time, around the sixth century B.C.E. The goal of Taoism is to achieve tao, ... ... middle of paper ... ...Editor's. www.adishakti.org/_/tao-te_ching_and_lao-tzu.htm. n.d. 13 3 2011 . Hopfe, Lewis M. Religions of the World Eleventh Edition. New Jersy: Pearson Education, 2009. James, Michele Scott. gossamerstrands.com. 2007. 13 March 2011 . Mitchell, S. Acedemic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html. 20 July 1995. 13 March 2011 . Stenudd, Stefan. www.taoistic.com. 5 May 2008. 13 March 2011 . Zenith, Steven Ericsson. http://web.archive.org/web/20010414020024/www.thetemple.com/alt.philosophy.taoism/taofaq.htm. n.d. 13 March 2011 .

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