Prof. Mike Carson at the University of Evansville wrote this about the Tao Te Ching:
Unlike a kind of Judaism or Christianity which does not so much argue that there is a natural way for us to live as to demand that we move to a supernatural plane of living, the Tao, in its pure form in The Tao Te Ching, assumes that there is an evident reality and pattern in the physical universe that is the manifestation of the truth of its being and, further, that human nature is part of this and can live fully and joyfully in it by conscious participation in what the universe reveals to us. This awareness , however, is demanding of us in the deepest sense. While the Tao Te Ching acknowledges the need for an ideal world, one uncomplicated by competition, weapons, and wars, it allows us to live in a world fallen from that ideal and still conform to the deeper truth in our own souls.
Respond to this passage by Prof. Carson by quoting several short passages from the Tao Te Ching that tell us about conforming "to the deeper truth in our own souls."
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The universe has a pattern which can be seen if the individual who is assessing the said assertion takes the time and opportunity to become one with the universe in mind, action or deed, then and only then can he or she gain value-added insight(s) from that pattern as indicated in the divine teachings of the “Tao Te Ching”. These conditions allow the consumers of the “Tao Te Ching” to experience a “universal truth”, which produces the following attributes: peace, love, joy, tranquility, happiness, success and many other divine treasures....
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