Crazy Old Chinese Guy Essay

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“The whole world recognizes the beautiful as the beautiful, yet this is only the ugly; the whole world recognizes the good as the good, yet this is only the bad.” (Norton) Some people in history thought this statement makes perfect sense; however, it is gibberish to me. How are the beautiful actually ugly, and good mean bad? My only thought process goes back to people having different values of life. My best cliché for this is “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.”

Within the 81 verses of the “Daodejing”, there are two ways to understand them. One part being “The Way” and the other being “Virtue.” “The way” is “a natural and uncorrupted way of being that pervades everything in ...view middle of the document...

” (Lok Sang HO)

Virtue is the being of power inherent in each thing. How I compare it is to being the moral authority. Having a moral authority can have itself, multiple meanings. Is your morals aligned to a self-interest or a common goal for a group? Do you have any morals at all? While having no morals can open many doors for possibility, it also incites hatred among others with morals. This is because while others are trying to live life within the confines of these rules, others would trample right over them thereby taking everything that they deemed necessary at the time. “While ignorant of the constant, but should one act from knowledge of the constant. One’s action will lead to impartiality, impartiality to kingliness, kingliness to heaven, heaven to the way, the way to perpetuity.” (Norton XVI) My interpretation of this is that you should do whatever you want to do. More or less to live life in the fullest extent you can within your means, and only follow rules that would benefit you.

“Exterminate learning and there will no longer be worries. Between yea and nay, how much difference is there?” (Norton XX) By removing everything that we all know of everything else, it levels the playing field considerably. Not having people of higher learning, or better education than another, allows the people to live life together. ...

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