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Characteristics of Daoism

that everything is one

there is no such thing as good and evil (rather

than being separate ideas, they are connected)

everything, every value judgement is relative (good and evil depend on your perspective)

reason limits our understanding (our ability to see the value of things)

uselessness is just as 'good' as being useful


Dao De Jing

Laozi - writing

he tells stories and presents paradoxes with little attempt to resolve the paradox.

Words and the ego are problematic to the Daoist because words can cause arguments and misunderstanding

Zhuangzi - identification

either a pupil of Laozi or a follower of Daoism

next to nothing is known about his life.

Wandering About at Large - Zhuangzi

great fish and a great bird.

He seems to be using a story from folklore to discuss relativity.

From our perspective, the typhoon wreaks havoc. From its perspective nothing has changed

These stories also show that all things are dependent on other things.

What is good and useful to one isn't to someone else.


fish that turns into the bird P'eng (explanation for the typhoons)

Discussion on making All Things Equal - Zhuangzi

Tzu-ch'i has been meditating.

You only know one thing by the other

The way of Dao is to see the whole at once, to understand both extremes as connected not as opposites.

inaction is better than action

Autumn Floods - Zhuangzi


great are no better than things that are small

Neither understands the other.

The Daoist does not concern himself with such distinctions and does not seek to become greater than he is.

The Secret of Caring for Life - Zhuangzi

art of the butcher finding the spaces where there is no resistance for the knife and therefore keeping his knife sharp while cutting up the ox, serves as a lesson for life.

The Way of Heaven - Zhuangzi

questions books and words, which are not reality, but seek to name reality that can't be named, only the "chaff and dreggs" of reality remain in books.