There’s a life philosophy which says the older the problem, the older the solution.
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For older problems, people have been thinking about them for ages. Many wacky ideas have bubbled to the surface, only to evaporate under the cold glare of time.
Those few who survive probably do something right. Not every ancient idea holds true, but the answer lies somewhere there.
People aren’t going to discover a new, better way to raise children tomorrow. Even with the latest developments in psychology, neuroscience, big data…
These modern tools are great at culling the terrible ideas (most of which have only popped up recently).
You might not agree. You might think I’m saying science adds nothing, that somehow ancient shepherds knew more about how neurons work than the best scientists today.
That’s not what I’m saying.
I’m saying even if ancient folk tried life strategies at random (which most of them did), there were enough of them going over such long spans of time that the best would survive, spread and endure.
Call it luck or call it natural selection applied to memes.
The point is the most likely path to inner peace – something kings, philosophers and farmers have pondered for eons – probably lies in ancient writing somewhere.
Now, I’m not saying it lies in the teachings of Taoism.
But it might.
Taoism encourages its practitioners to clear their minds. So does every faith, right? Except they take it further.
Clear your mind so thoroughly that greed, desires for glory or material concerns disappear.
In this state of mind, nothing can harm or distract you from your inner peace.
Will it work out for you as easily as that?
Maybe, maybe not.
But to expand your mind and grow as a person, you could do worse than study ancient Taoist teachings.
No one is saying you have to change your beliefs.
But, if you want to improve as a person, you do need to expand them.
And that means exploring ideas you wouldn’t normally touch.
So that’s one way to enhance your life.
But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?
Like, say, 60 of them?
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