The philosophy of taoism is an interest of mine; the religion is not of much interest. The perspective expressed in the Tao Te Ching that what is universal not being able to be fully articulated, the humor and equity of Chuang Tzu, and the direct commentary of the Lieh Zi perplex and resonant for me. The three jewels of Taoism (compassion, humility, and simplicity,) are behaviors that I try to generate internally. I believe that this will manifest in a behavioral profile consisting of wu wei, ziran and p’u. Read on if you care to contemplate with me. Context, and the difficulty in understanding these texts, is examined in this article.
Back in 2001 I was fortunate enough to catch a wonderful art show Taoism and the Arts of China at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. The two images that stood out for me are here and here. The Art Institute of Chicago has an interesting web site on the show. I have come to recognize that I been healthiest when practicing Tai Chi and engaging in competitive sports.