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PHIL 150- Week 3 discussion

Aug 23, 2023

Answer the following questions…..

Week 3 discussion

1. What can we learn from the concept of quietness in Taoism?

ans:     Taoism is one of the oldest philosophical and religious concepts which refers to the balance of human civilization and the animal kingdom and it reflects the concept of the connection and dependency on each other in the universe this philosophical religious belief has started around 500 B.C.E. The book “Tao Te Ching” reflects on the concept of Taoism and the philosopher Lao Tzu showed the improvements in the connections between both species Taoism also particularly focuses on other concepts like immortality, genuineness, longevity, vitality the importance of detachment, and refinement and these concepts highlights the presence of the omnipresent and Omni potentiality (Chunyuan, 2020, p.23). according to the historical proofs, the philosophical texts of Taoism refer to the importance of silence and it was represented appropriately in those ancient texts. according to the belief of Taoism, silence improves our acts and movements even gestures towards the upcoming and its reflection also can be seen in our characteristics. the concept of quietness in Taoism also shows us that nature always does her work in her own time and she does not do any hurriedness then we should continue to perform our acts to achieve our goals and it also teaches us the importance of patience in our life with any work even in the relationships. the concept of quietness in Taoism also highlights the third principle of adherence to Taoism which shows the importance of the cycle of life and enlighten the sacred the bond between each living to keep harmony and peace in the universe and preserve immortality. 

2. Do you see this as practical in our Western world?

ans:     In the previous part, I have explained the concept of quietness in Taoism and the importance of this concept I have discovered that our reality is quite the opposite according to the ideology of Taoism. As the growing population, our desires are also growing with time and our delusional mind is convincing us to think of these desires as necessities. this thought is also becoming the prime concept and our thoughts are often leading us to the dilemma and conflicts of mind and the unreality of the false truth and false identity of life’s purpose. As we feel more desires on the same contrary our demands are also growing which are becoming the main reason for the disagreements and conflicts between social interacts and personal interacts (Bisong, 2021, p.25). even our high demand for food with the growing population also leads us to kill animals and more deforestation in the name of development and industrialization. the major factors like food and housing complexes and the high demand for drinking water are empowering our thoughts and closing our senses of conscious minds and forcing us to see that hurriedness and running behind time to catch the time is the purpose of life. although the philosophical beliefs of Taoism were created many years before our time still the values of silence and longevity, preserve of the universe for the welfare of the animal kingdom and human civilization shows the dependency on maintaining the balance of harmony of the universe to preserve the immortality of humankind. even the values of silence to improve our spiritual life and the connections between each other. 


Bisong, P. B. (2021). A comparative analysis of Taoism and complementary reflection (ibuanyidanda philosophy). Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education Journal (SHE Journal)2(1), 29-37.

Chunyuan, H. (2020). Research on the Transformation of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism Aesthetics in Artistic Practice. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences3(1).

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