Influence Of Nature On The Philosophy Of Taoism Essay

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The Influence of Nature on the Philosophy of Taoism In humanities great search for understanding the mysteries of life, mankind has created a number of religions that range from a minute following to a following of immeasurable proportions. Yet despite these billions of believers, the world still remains in a state of unrest. In ancient China, this period of unrest was referred to as “The Warring States period” which lasted from 480-221 BCE (Dr. Godshalk’s presentation on China). This period gave rise to the development of new philosophies that would lead, if followed, the reunification of China. One of the major religions that were introduced is Daoism (Taoism) by Lao Tzu. Taoism stresses not only the idea of a country unbounded my laws, but also the power of nature and how miniscule man appears when compared to it. The ubiquitousness of nature is woven into every concept of Taoism and its importance to the philosophy is what separates it from other ideologies. The legendary founder of Taoism, Lao Tzu, separates his own ideas from that of Confucius by basing his thoughts on the constant flow of water. To many, water is a force that can give, just as easily as it can take away, yet its constant flow is what makes it an important factor of Taoism. Throughout the “Tao Teh Ching,” a book written by Lao Tzu, there are many passages that embrace water as a way to become one with “Tao” or “The way”. On one such occasion, Lao Tzu observes, “The highest form of goodness is like…

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