On the Colbert Report a few days ago, this professor and author of a new book was on. His book, God is Not One chronicles 8 major religions and talks about how not only are they not different – they’re actively trying to solve different problems. For example, in Judaism, the problem is exile, so the solution is returning to god. He calls Taoism the way of flourishing, and although I have not read the book, I really like that. Taoism is about living life under the most natural circumstances. It’s not about who sinned and needs to be punished, or how to never suffer again. It’s more like joy. It’s the reed that does not get uprooted because it’s flexible, it’s one with everything around it. And that’s what I think Chapter LIV is about as well.
Whoever is planted in the Tao
will not be rooted up.
Whoever embraces the Tao
will not slip away.
Her name will be held in honor
from generation to generation.
Let the Tao be present in your life
and you will become genuine.
Let it be present in your family
and your family will flourish.
Let it be present in your country
and your country will be an example
to all countries in the world.
Let it be present in the universe
and the universe will sing.
How do I know this is true?
By looking inside myself.