Category Archives: Tao

The Tao of Bitcoin

Recently, while reading Ontology of Motion and revisiting Lucretius’ poem, the Taoist metaphor about how the nature of things is like water was in the back of my mind. While considering the way in which water and air and galaxies move in … Continue reading

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Eleventh Taoist Contemplation: People Like the Side Paths

The relationship between naturalism, tranquility, and simplicity is explored. The great Tao is broad and plain But people like the side paths Tao Te Ching, Chapter 53 The above portion of Taoist scripture is immediately reminiscent of the “pedantry of Aristotle” … Continue reading

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Tenth Taoist Contemplation: Laissez Faire

Laissez Faire is a French term that translates as “allow doing“, or “let it be“. The Taoists have frequently been labeled libertarian. Their attitudes towards government are consistent with everything else about them: by not engaging in forceful action, and … Continue reading

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Ninth Taoist Contemplation: Control of Desires

 Nothing is enough to someone for whom what is enough is little. The thankless nature of the soul makes the creature endlessly greedy for variations in its lifestyle. Vatican Sayings 68-69 Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage. – … Continue reading

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Eighth Taoist Contemplation: The Landscape of the Soul

One of the beauties of Taoist naturalism is that we encounter the meaning-endowing sacred within nature, which is of course rich in imagery. Lao-Tse fashions a meaning-endowing landscape of the soul and uses it to articulate his philosophical insights. In … Continue reading

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Seventh Taoist Contemplation: Nature as Echo in a Cave

It appears, when we read Lao-Tse’s description of the nature of things, that in his naturalist doctrine the vacuous nature of Tao is such that, in life, we get what we put in. This feedback loop is almost described in … Continue reading

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Sixth Taoist Contemplation: Lao-Tse as Life Coach

Efficient people do one thing at a time. They work on one project, bring it to completion, then move on to the next task. In On Why Materialism Matters, I made the case that in nature we observe what I call … Continue reading

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Fifth Taoist Contemplation: Military Advice

A good commander achieves result, then stops And does not dare to reach for domination Achieves result but does not brag Achieves result but does not flaunt Achieves result but is not arrogant Achieves result but only out of necessity … Continue reading

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Fourth Taoist Contemplation: The Tao of Atheology 

The Tao is empty When utilized, it is not filled up So deep! It seems to be the source of all things Empty, and yet never exhausted It moves, and produces more Tao Te Ching, Chapters 4-5 Tao can’t be … Continue reading

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Third Taoist Contemplation: Strong Wind Does Not Last All Morning

Thus strong wind does not last all morning. Sudden rain does not last all day. Even Heaven and Earth cannot make it last Tao Te Ching, Chapter 23 The third cure teaches that evils are easy to endure, and the above … Continue reading

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