In this video, I review the Taoist text known as the TAO TE CHING as translated by D.C. Lau.
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ABOUT THIS VIDEO: If you read TAO OF JEET KUNE DO before you read this book, you will get a sense of deja vu. That is because Bruce took a lot of his ideas and philosophies from Taoism.
Bruce Lee was the "gateway drug" that led me into the wonderful world of Chinese culture, literature, and philosophy. It didn't take me long to come across Taoism. When I did, there was no turning back; I was hooked.
Taoism teaches us to live in harmony with the universe around us because resistance causes nothing but trouble. To me, this makes perfect sense. Think of this example: a pro-life person meets someone who is pro-choice, and they immediately get steamed. "WHAT??? You are pro-choice??? You shouldn't be! That's just not right!"
But here's the thing: that pro-choice person will be pro-choice no matter how many times you tell them they shouldn't be, so why bother resisting? Just let them be.
This idea also reflects the idea of "action through inaction." However, there is more to this concept than what I just illustrated. "Action through inaction" means to let nature take its course. To go against nature will cause destruction. In the martial arts world, this means letting go of your conscious mind and letting your skills/reflexes take over.
Watch the video, and you will learn why I have a book about philosophy on a martial arts channel.