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What is taoism disregarding our unconditional ideas to understanding taoism?

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  1. Taoism is based around idea of an underlying unity and balance to the universe. Western philosophies are largely based on the idea of stark dualities which see the world as something apart from the self, something which can be acted upon by force of will. Taoist philosophies see the world and the self as part of a whole, and the right action is to act in accord with the whole — to act without acting.
    Without recognizing this underlying difference, Taoism could be difficult to understand.

  2. So from the question, I’m guessing you mean taoism without human interpretation.
    Well in the natural world it’s matter/antimatter, positive/negative. Forces that repel and attract each other.

  3. An example of “disregarding” is Wang Pi’s statement re Tao: “…formless and without ties, constant and cannot be named….” Nb that Wang has described four attributes of Tao: formless, without condition, constant, ineffable.
    Yue Tao-sui’s “Treatise on the Double Truth of Causal Combination” states: “…the combining of causes [leads to]…being, which is worldly truth.” The yang and yin combine to produce the three and the many, which is “worldly truth.”
    “The disconnecting of them results in non-being, which is the highest truth” [regarding worldly being].
    Wang noted that Confucius had the Buddhic understanding of what Theravada terms “Atman,” or the “I Am” individuation of Plotinus’ One Mind Soul, but Confucius chose to emphasis practical concerns.
    On the other hand, Gautama stated he taught while rooted in Atman, but “neti, neti” (“not this, not that”) regarding the materialistic physis and mortal-minded psyche. This is compatible with Taoist immortal body energy dynamics, and somewhat dissolving re non-Connective (non-Realizing) Confucian ritual, which at that point is similar to some of the Hindu orthodoxy of Lord Buddha’s time.
    “The Path of the Higher Self,” Mark Prophet, “A Philosophy of Universality,” O. M. Aivanhov, and “The Path of Virtue,” Jonathan Murro, treat this general “ineffable” issue.

  4. Taoism sort of tells you to “Just do it” without thinking about what you are going to do beforehand. You have to give up control of your future by preventing your mind and your thoughts and feelings from interruping your “natural” expression.

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