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The Tao is Tao (1) - By Jos Stabbert

                                        All these thoughts,
                                    Words arranged on paper,
                                      come from the Tao
                                     and return to the Tao,
                                   Yet they do not touch it,


                                      Even when the last star
                                             has imploded
                                    and only blackness remains,
                                        the Tao will be Tao:
                                      emptiness in emptiness,
                                          silence in silence
                                           yet everywhere:
                                        beyond existence,
                                   yet the essence of life.

                                The Tao is Tao - Daily Tao

Autistic people often speculate on whether this or that genius might have been autistic.  I am certain that Lao Tse has been the object of such speculation.  Discussions that i had on Wrong Planet about Taoism seemed more engaging that those i have had on LJ.  I have had to wonder whether my autism has influenced my preferences when it came to philosophy and spirituality.

Religion is God centered; but because Humanity is thought to have been created in the image of God, religion is also anthropcentric.  We don't much like the idea that we might return to the void, to nothingness  -- even if we are told that nothingness is not what we can possibly imagine nothingness to be.  We care too much about the fate of our own species and we often express that concern in ways that become inhumane and anti-human.

Taoism alse expresses itself as an aspect of Chinese folk religion, but there is little of this in the Taoist classic writings.  Taoism is matter of fact about matters of life and death, let alone prestige, wealth and power.  So i try to watch the coming and going of the ten thousand things while trusting that the Tao is the Tao without having the slightest idea about it,

To call the mystery emptiness rather than God reflects a preference for seeing the cosmos "impersonally."  As the Christian theologian Paul Tillich said: God is nor less than a person..


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 5th, 2016 05:04 am (UTC)

I'll watch that community for a while.  Apparently it's been dormant.  (So what else is new?)

May. 5th, 2016 08:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, the dommunity started in 2003. By the time i started watching it (2009) it consisted mostly of daily chapters from the TTC by one person; his postings received almost no comments. But i really enjoyed getting my "daily_tao" There have been no posts since November, so i thought i would see if i could help put some life back into it.
May. 5th, 2016 08:07 am (UTC)

You reminded me of a train of thought.


May. 5th, 2016 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

"To call the mystery emptiness rather than God reflects a preference for seeing the cosmos "impersonally."

Will reflect on that.
May. 6th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
A funny thing is that I'm more and more struck by how typically the Christians I know seem to want a God who's a gumball machine or a pocket genius (in the sense of genii), and not a person!

But then, we humans don't seem to be wonderful at recognizing the deep mystery of every human or other creature.
May. 6th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, our "second nature" almost always overwhelms our "original nature," but some groups or individual humans do seem to remember their proper place in the scheme of things.
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