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Several Ways of Approaching Taoism

1. Taoism is seen as a system of ethical norms, such as looking for harmony with everything that surrounds us, love our neighbor, do not kill, etc. From this perspective Taoism resembles any religion. Most Taoist presentations on the Net embrace the ethical vision.

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Taoism is a way of life
2. Another approach is metaphysical, the so-called union with Tao, that is, with the Supreme Power or Nature. However, it is unclear what or who is Tao, or this Supreme Power, and how this union is possible in a concrete way. This approach usually accompanies the first. In this respect, we find all sorts of ethical and metaphysical blends with dietary advice.

3. Taoism of sinologists who see it as a museum of curiosities and therefore dead and ineffective. This approach can be found on university sites, specialists, translators, philosophers and even Marxists!

4. Finally there is the approach of Taoism as a way of life . But a way of life that is not limited to the primitive world of Chinese antiquities, but which is present today, with the same necessity and efficiency, based on reflection and realization of the clarity of the mind (wu).

Taoism as a way of life has a precise representation of what the Tao is and the significance of union with him, that is to say the exigency of adapting to conditions and how it is done.


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