A Short Perspective on Taoism

Reading the Tao Te Ctaoismhing and other Taoist texts felt like “someone was looking over my shoulder,” explaining to me things that really had relevance to my life. The most appealing aspect of Taoism, though, was that it didn’t claim to be “divinely-inspired.” Laozi never claimed to have been visited by a deity and commanded to write the Tao Te Ching. He wrote it because he observed patterns in the world around him — patterns that didn’t require blind faith and acceptance of logical contradiction to recognize — and realized that everything must be connected somehow.