The essence of Lao Tzu’s great work~ the Tao Te Ching, is for man to adhere to the laws of nature.
In Lao Tzu’s words, ‘Nature does not rush, and yet everything is accomplished’.
Some might argue that Lao Tzu’s work encourages laziness and sloth. But, in this writer’s humble opinion, what Lao Tzu’s writes in his work is to urge us to work and endeavour with a correct mindset and not to ask from the world what it cannot offer.
Also, the essence of Tao is to accept things as it occurs and not to interfere with it. The best example of this can be seen, presented immaculately by the photographers of national geographic.
These photographers carry rifles with them on their expeditions for self defence, and in the peculiar case of the lions, whenever a male lion defeats another in battle and becomes king of the pride, it will kill off all cubs of the defeated lion. Most people with a rifle in hand seeing a spectacle like this would have the urge to either fire a bullet to save the cubs or to scare the male lion away and run to the cubs’ resuce, however, these photographers, adhering to the Tao, (either inadvertently or otherwise) refrain from doing so and merely capture through the lenses of their cameras what nature has to offer. They do not interfere in such cases because it is NATURAL~
Too often, humans try to interfere with nature. For instance, sicknesses are part of life, but we ever so often try to cure and get rid of sickness once it comes. ‘Sickness’ has been given a ‘bad reputation’. The next time you get sick, just make peace with it, welcome it, accept it as a part of nature, and naturally, sicknesses heal~
In this regard, Taoism and Buddhism share a same philosophy~
Some random thoughts on a sleepless night~
By, Y.S. Chaiw.