Why a Taoist is a Threat to Society

Why a Taoist is a Threat to Society


The virtuous individual always presents danger
to social, religious, and cultural systems that seek to bind humanity with superficial
constraints. The individual who knows and follows the Tao
is a threat because his way of being is liberated from the shackles of external influence. From the cultural, religious, and social perspective,
these individuals are rebels who threaten to disrupt the hypnosis of the status quo. This is why we see the unceremonious killing
of such figures who know and follow Tao, such as Jesus of Nazareth (no matter whether you
take the story of Jesus to be real or metaphor). True and eternal freedom is loathed by the
tyrants of cultural, ideological, theological, social, and religious dogmas, because when
we are liberated by the true freedom that we can only find within us, we cease to conform
to the machinations of tyranny. Artists, mystics, philosophers, scientists,
and the spiritually inclined all exhibit this exalted state through their own creativity
and humility, which often exposes the flaws of a system that seeks to dictate to the masses. The rebellion of Lao-tzu’s Taoist Way has
always posed a threat to the established order, especially in China. True Taoism was suppressed in the first decades
of the People’s Republic of China (with people even persecuted during the Cultural
Revolution), though it continued to be practiced in Taiwan. Taoism has often been scorned because the
essential Taoist teaching of wu-wei is about surrendering your life into the comforting
arms and the Way of the universe rather than conforming to social ethics. The Absolute Tao is the prerogative of the
original Taoist. But this sincerity is confusing to any established
order, because the Tao of Lao-tzu is as vast as it is vague, and so it escapes conventional
thought and behavior. An authentic Taoist is often thought of as
a soothsayer or witch, because our world seeks to find definitions for everything. This absurd definition gives the masses some
sort of psychological closure, as if they now somehow understood Tao. But what Lao-tzu and other Taoists knew within
themselves is beyond intellectual debate or conjecture. This eternal truth, known only by some people,
frustrates those who know it not. In the eyes of an established ideology, theology,
or organized religion, this experiential truth disrupts the social indoctrination that keeps
the masses moving to the beat of someone else’s drum. This is one of the main reasons why Lao-tzu’s
Tao conflicts with Confucius’s ideology. Lao-tzu understood that any form of social
or cultural hierarchy destroys the awareness of trust in the universe. Confucius could not accept this, because his
approach was only for those who governed. He thought if those who governed were liberated
and morally noble, society would benefit. In truth, this view is not oriented toward
the freedom of the individual; rather it is a clever system devised to manage society
without the people of that society questioning their position. Democracy is similar. The ideology of democracy tries to maintain
a society’s comfort and convenience based on liberal views, so that the bigger questions
of life are never asked of those imposing democracy upon the people. The hierarchical systems of governments, banking,
corporations, and royalty end up becoming tyrants rather than servants. Yet according to Lao-tzu, if any system is
devised to control anything, then we have ceased to follow the Way of nature. Then control invariably turns into a selfish
and corrupting urge to lord it over others. As John Dalberg-Acton, the English Catholic
historian, politician, and writer, wrote in 1887, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute
power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Selfish power has corrupted the world with
the belief that we can control life within a fixed reality that is devoid of spontaneity. Evolution, on the other hand, means pushing
the limitations of our minds and the traditional boundaries we have constructed. Confucianism, the religion of Taoism, and
other religious traditions are being tested in the modern era. Their dogmas have become exhausted, and the
world is becoming attuned to an authentic spirituality, as a new awareness of ourselves
in relation to each other, the world, and the universe is developing. Tradition is not intrinsically bad, and many
traditions can be beautiful. But they lose this beauty, and they become
psychologically damaging, when they set up dogmas to imprison the mind. We only have to look at modern-day Christianity
for an example. The Way of Lao-tzu was to never be attached
to any tradition that imprisoned our mind because if we hold our center within, we will
move with the evolutionary energies of the universe without resistance. These evolutionary energies materialize as
synchronicity on the level of the conscious mind. Though traditions may come and go, their remnants
sometimes linger within the collective consciousness for some time. The continent of Asia is a good example, because
even though the ideology of Confucianism is often unacknowledged as a prevailing system
of thought, the dogmatic beliefs of that socioeconomic religious ideology still keep people from
embracing change. These dogmas are bringing tenseness and frustration
into the lives of the common people, because the collective consciousness has evolved past
such rigid traditions, much as we are evolving past the vain materialism of the West and
its attempts to shove liberalism down everybody’s throat. Consciousness is dancing to a new rhythm and
vibration, both collectively and individually.

6 thoughts on “Why a Taoist is a Threat to Society

  1. Unfortunately the average human nature implies that not so many people are willing or able to follow the Dao, so a confucianist approach is necessary at the level of society to 'enforce' or encourage ethics and avoid descent into hellish chaos where egotism greed and immorality prevail. Every individual should strive to follow the Dao, societies unfortunately need structures, constraints and somewhat arbitrarily paved roads.

  2. Drukama is about to livestream a thing on Taoism you all might like https://youtu.be/PvbcViKySCw check it out! Be well!

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