Essay on The Tao Te Ching 's Life

929 Words Oct 20th, 2016 4 Pages
In today’s society, the guidelines by which an individual should live are rarely considered an important asset to living an enjoyable life. Under constant pressure striving for perfection, modern Americans rarely stop to evaluate the values they deem important in life today. Americans forget what they as an individual want out of life because of the chaos and stress experienced in the world around them. Western civilization rarely stops to think of the important values in life or actions perpetrated before execution. American’s base this conduct from the mindset of continual growth; always pressing to keep moving forward in life and constantly striving for more. Unlike modern Americans, in early Chinese history, individuals such as the First Emperor and Chinese peasants were raised to have an open-minded approach to life; therefore embracing the ways of the Tao came easier to them. The Tao Te Ching would guide Americans to a peaceful life through the realization that the key to happiness exists within the source rather than material possessions. The Tao Te Ching explores a minimalist way of living in order to maximize the overall quality of life. In order to achieve this idealistic lifestyle, free from distractions and unnecessary desires, the Tao affirms, “Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness.” (MITCHELL…

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