July 31, 2012 2 Comments
In the ancient philosophy of Taoism,
Tao is defined as constancy and way all flows. I like to think of the word “Tao” as a default word to describe the totality of all the principles that govern physics, except that Tao, by definition… is mystical and lies beyond man’s scope of knowledge.
Taoism is holistic. So Te is more than just intellectualizing ethics or a list of values. Te is acting (or idling) with character, being with ethics, being with authenticity, and being in manners that harmonize with Tao. Te applies to the person or organism as it lives in connection and integration with Nature or “the world”. Te is a quality.
If there is really a difference between wisdom, integrity and Te, I really don’t know. Maybe it is cultivated and refined by the Authentic Experience that Søren Kierkegaard spoke of centuries after Lao Tzu, in other parts of the world.
perhaps its a universal concept and concern..