April 23, 2009

Paradoxes

The Taoist is a individual of great dichotomies that puzzle most people. They are detached, yet maintain a great compassion. They enjoy the wonder of life, yet do not cling to it. They are people of great honor, yet avoid being recognized for so; they do not strive, yet they achieve great things; they know the answers, but prefer to remain silent.

These paradoxes are in perfect harmony within the Taoist, just as the way nature seems to be a harmonious blend of paradoxes. This means that they cannot be pigeonholed into conventional terms and categories. In fact, in most societies the Taoists great qualities would be seen as peculiar.