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    Opposites Doctrine and the Tao or 'the Way'

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    In five pages this report discusses the 'way' or the Tao in an overview of oneness and the doctrine of opposites. Three sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    the premise that all is one, Taoist thought makes it clear that it possible to encompass the realms of spirituality, philosophy, social action, justice, and love. All that is .  . . is. Therefore, all that is not . . . also is. To put it more simply darkness serves light since one allows the other to recognize the other.  They are opposites that, together, make the whole. The most commonly used example is that of yin and yang, the female and the male, which blended together make the one,  which is human. Taoism allows for an understanding that what is opposite is only a reflection. The sun is always shining, regardless of how the Earth turns and how one  perceives the sun. Likewise, the moon is always shining. The entirety of both, supposed opposites, are what result in "one-ness." Therefore, opposites support one another in their very existence. The  Basics In any discussion of Taoism, it is important to understand that it presents the concept that an individual should pay little attention to the constraints and rules of society.  Instead, he or she has, as their more important mission, to conform with the foundational model of the universe, the Tao or the "way." And yet, the Tao can not  be adequately described by human words or even conceptualized as a specific thought. Again, and to paraphrase an equally ancient biblical concept, it is that it is. Lao Tzu wrote  the Tao Te Ching approximately 2500 years ago as something of a handbook for the leaders of ancient China. The title of the Tao Te Ching represents the fundamental connection  that exists between outer and inner peace. Dreher (1990) explains that Ching only means "a holy book" but Tao means "the way," simultaneously a path and principle of order (pp. 

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