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O’Connor 1 The Tao Te Ching:  Timeless Wisdom Mehgan O’Connor Asian Religions Sutherland 3 May 2010
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O’Connor 2 The Tao Te Ching: Timeless Wisdom The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu dates back to the 6 th century BCE during the Zhou Dynasty in China. This was the longest lasting dynasty in China’s history, spanning from 1045 BCE to 256 BCE. Tao or “the way” is the implicit order within nature itself. Many principles are found within the Tao Te Ching ranging from non-action, to emptiness, to a guide on proper behavior. One of the most important and relevant topics written about is the best form of government. The ancient text not only refers to how the people should respond to a good government, but it also addresses war and military weapons. These verses of wisdom not only applied to ancient China, but also are relevant to our government today. Chapter 17 of the Tao Te Ching states, “The best government, the people know it is just there. The next best, they love and praise it. The next, they fear it. The next, they revile against
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