If I were to encounter Lao Tzu, what things would he say to me?

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I have to do a character sketch and I don’t know what to put in for the dialogue for Lao Tzu.

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Assure him that he not a butterfly.


He would discuss the four world religions.
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Why don’t you quote something from Zen Philosphy ?

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Manifest plainness,
Embrace simplicity,
Reduce selfishness,
Have few desires.
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

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He would council you to turn away from the folly of human pursuits, and return to your natural well-being…..


He taught that “man’s eternal destiny was everlasting union with Tao, Supreme God and Universal King.” His comprehension of ultimate causation was most discerning, for he wrote: “Unity arises out of the Absolute Tao, and from Unity there appears cosmic Duality, and from such Duality, Trinity springs forth into existence, and Trinity is the primal source of all reality.” “All reality is ever in balance between the potentials and the actuals of the cosmos, and these are eternally harmonized by the spirit of divinity.”
Lao-tse also made one of the earliest presentations of the doctrine of returning good for evil: “Goodness begets goodness, but to the one who is truly good, evil also begets goodness.”
Lao’s teaching of nonresistance and the distinction which he made between action and coercion became later perverted into the beliefs of “seeing, doing, and thinking nothing.” But Lao never taught such error, albeit his presentation of nonresistance has been a factor in the further development of the pacific predilections of the Chinese peoples.


I think it’s important for me to point out that it was Zhuangzi that asked the butterfly question, not Lao Tzu.
Lao Tzu believed in Tao, The Path, that is the basis of most of Chinese and, spreading from China, Asian philosophy and religions (Taoism, Shinto, etc) in general. Even Asian Buddhism was influenced by him. He saw man as a part of the greater universe, and he believed that what we today would call “enlightenment” or achieve our “destiny” would involve the reunification of man and nature.
As for what he would say to you? I don’t think it’d be possible for anyone today to fully understand, let alone emulate the workings of a mind as great as that of Lao Tzu.


The butterfly guy was 莊周 zhuangzi.
In his most famous book “道德經 The Way to Tao”, his famous opening sentence was 道可道,非常道. The Tao that can be defined is not the real Tao. He would ask you not to follow the sayings of the philosophers, but to search for your own enlightenment.


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