Eastern philosophy ~Laozi~

Japanese Culture

Hello everyone.

Today, I would like to introduce you to Eastern philosophy.

There were many philosophers in the Orient, but today I would like to tell you about Laozi in particular.

Laozi is a philosopher who was active in China around the 6th century BC.

Along with Confucianism and Buddhism, one of the three major religions in China is Taoism.

Taoism puts the “tao”, which refers to the fundamental truths of the universe and life, at the center of the concept.

In that Taoism, Laozi was deified as the founder. Let’s read Laozi’s words.

People should be weak.

Strong ones are easy to break and soft ones are kept.

Large trees are stronger than grass.

However, if a typhoon comes, the big tree will be knocked down.

But the grass is calm.

In other words, the weak ones are the strong ones.

In Laozi’s words, there is the word “be water.”

Water helps and nurtures everything, but does not assert itself.

The idea is that something that does not fight others, such as this water, gains free abilities.

The Laozi also retains the phrase, “It is wise to know yourself.”

Of course, it is difficult to know others. However, Laozi explains that the more difficult thing is to know yourself.

People in the world know the benefits of “there is” but not the function of “nothing”. For example mug. Because there is space inside, you can pour it.

A house can also live thanks to the “nothing” of space.

The convenience that “there is” brings is because there is “nothing”.

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