laz tzu short essay

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Carl Crittenden Editor: Mark Rodgers Date of 1 st Draft: 10/31/07 Date of Final Draft: 11/7/07 Tao te Ching Book One Short Essay In book one of Tao te Ching , Lao Tzu gives advice on how to govern a city. According to the reading he says that the sage should keep knowledge and desire away from the people while keeping them happy by giving them food. He thinks this method will prevent any clever person from taking action against him. 1 With that said, I disagree with Lao Tzu and will argue that knowledge is a key to keeping order. One thing that Lao Tzu says is “in governing the people, the sage empties their minds but fills their bellies,” 2 which I interpret to mean that the person in power should not have his people educated, but he should give them food. I believe he says this statement because he wants to prevent the people to become too smart and outsmart the ruler, but keep them happy by feeding them. I think if he just feeds his uneducated citizens, then they are just going to assume that they will always receive food from the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HSPL 07014 taught by Professor Miles during the Fall '07 term at BC.

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