Laotzu Essay

764 Words Sep 23rd, 2006 4 Pages
Lao-tzu or "Old Master," the author of the Tao-te-Ching wrote not only about the moral behavior one should live their life by, but also about the ways to create a functional government. Lao-tzu wrote mainly for politicians as a guide to follow in order for them to become good leaders. Lao-tzu informs his readers that one can only help people by allowing them to help themselves. One powerful statement from the Tao-te-Ching is, "When they think that they know the answers, / people are difficult to guide." This statement is not only applicable for followers of the Tao-te-Ching, but it can also apply for people of today as well. There are many examples of the previous Lao-tzu quote that apply to today. A perfect example of people being …show more content…
Once we realize this people become much easier to "guide." The second example that is significant in reference to Lao-tzu is students who believe they do not need to respect their teachers. I attended a Catholic high school called Santa Margarita where many students believed they didn't need to listen to anyone but themselves. Kids who think they know what is right are unable to learn from their elders. People who believe this are not open to new ideas and cannot grow to their full potential. Teachers struggle with students who think they know what is right because teachers are then unable to do their job. When people are not open to the possibility of new ideas or concepts they become "difficult to guide" because they feel as if they already know what is right. There are many examples of what Lao-tzu is trying to get at through his quotation in the Tao-te-Ching. In our day to day lives we experience people who believe they have it all figured out. In reality we are aware that this is entirely untrue, making these people difficult to lead. People will never be able to learn anything from anyone if they do not have an open mind. In my previous example of teenagers rebelling against their parents, it is clear kids do not have an open mind to see the consequences of their actions. The other example relating to Lao-tzu was students who do not listen to their teachers. This

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