Below - My TV debate with Cardiff Freemason Jim Bevan - - - - Freemasonry and Witchcraft initiation rites compared "The great strength of our Order lies in its concealment; let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always covered by another name, and another occupation.
He gets saddled with the most atrocious of the New Age codswallop. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Or more properly, Laozi. It can be ready cover to cover in an hour.
That makes Lao Tzu contemporary with Confucius and in the same rough time frame as Siddhartha Gautama.
Lap Tzu was clearly a deep thinker, which makes it all the more ironic that he gets accused of spouting all sorts of saccharine New Age piffle. One of the stories of how the book came about goes like this: Lao Tzu was the Keeper of the Royal Archives. Late in his life, he wearied of the intrigues, the corruption and the crassness of life at court.
He decided to go live the remainder of his life as a hermit in the mountains.
At the city gate, the sentry asked him to write down his wisdom. The result was the Tao Teh Ching. Like with many religious, political or philosophical figures, take any story or claims with a grain of salt.
Stories get embellished by both supporters and enemies over the centuries. Since the earliest copy of the text is at least years younger than Lao Tzu, and there are no verifiable records that identify him as the sole author, this theory strikes me as having some merit.
After all, every single religious work I can think of has been edited, added to, cut away from and interpreted by hundreds of human hands in the interim since it was first penned. Why not this one? What matters is not the author: Take, for example, the opening verse: The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal name The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth The named is the mother of myriad things Thus, constantly without desire, one observes its essence Constantly with desire, one observes its manifestations These two emerge together but differ in name The unity is said to be the mystery Mystery of mysteries, the door to all wonders.
Scholars and philosophers have debated and expanded on this and every verse in the Tao Teh Ching ever since it was first penned. Not necessarily with any consensus.
And as a mere lay person, I can only read their interpretations and wonder how such deep thought gets polluted with New Age folderol. This site also has several other sayings mis-attributed to Lao Tzu.
So many of these mis-attributions are simply wishful thinking: Then they add a kitten or a baby or an angel or a rainbow to the quote and voila: Yet this sort of generalization seems to resonate with some of the hard-of-thinking crowd. I found these comments on reddit: Man, this is exactly what I needed to read.
Then, when I think about the future, I get incredibly anxious and worried.
Thanks for posting this, have an upvote. The inability to focus on the present manifests itself in two ways. One focusing on the past, the other focusing on the future. Have an excellent day! Only one of the posts in a rather long thread after this quote actually questions who said it.
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