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  • Some of Lao Tzu’s beliefs were simple and practical. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Others were more opinionated and contestable. “He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.” (some of the most knowledgeable people I have ever known spoke often and well).
    Overall I think Lao Tzu was brilliant but sometimes too idealistic and simplistic. As for western philosophers, they tend to be less simplistic but are lacking Lao Tzu’s purity of spirit. In general, western philosophers wouldn’t mind making the “best sellers list”, yet Lao Tzu was reluctant to write at all.

  • There are a number of parallels between Taoism and early Epicurean or Stoic philosophies, they aren’t exact but they share the goal of conformity with nature and with the necessity for simplicity in life. Personally I find them quite workable as starting points, one simply needs to realize that if ideals could be completely followed they wouldn’t be ideals, they’d be customs. We have to do the best we can in the world in which find ourselves actually living, Lao Tzu proposed a path that would help you find a way to do that.

  • “Fame or integrity: which is more important? Money or happiness: which is more valuable? Success or failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

    -Lao Tzu, Dao Dejing

  • Don’t listen to that Jaster guy
    He’s a total douche bag
    he “answered” one of my questions raving about buddha too
    he also said i was retarded because i was raise Taoist

    I think Lao Tzu’s beliefs where well followable (if thats even a word)
    he had alot of good points but i stopped studing Taoism when i moved to america

    and i don’t think so

  • No, he didn’t really say anything except formulaic contradictions. Go with Buddha.

    Nietzsche took pride in his defiance of convention and mainstream values though. For him, the more evil a thing was, the better.

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