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The World's Religions - Chapter V, Taoism, Creative Quietude, Summary & Analysis

Huston Smith
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Chapter V, Taoism, Creative Quietude, Summary and Analysis

In Philosophical Taoism, the idea is to align the daily life with the flow of a sort of boundless tide. Its objective is a quietude that is expressed as pure effectiveness in simplicity and the words of the Tao Te Ching, "The way to do is to be". In this regard, no motion is wasted and is compared to the flow of water, which adapts itself to its surroundings and seeks out the lowest places. Just as water can round out the edges of sharp stones, the person who follows wu wei is said to "work without working". At some point in achieving wu wei or quietude, clarity comes like that of a deep and silent pool.

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