Tao Te Ching

Apr
06
Flexibility and Yielding Are Essential Aspects of Life — Stiffness and Resistance Lead to Decay and Death

Flexibility and Yielding Are Essential Aspects of Life — Stiffness and Resistance Lead to Decay and Death

When we yield to what appears to be blocking our way, we will find a way through.
2 min read
Mar
02
To Understand the Concept of ‘Good,’ We Must Accept the Mutually Arising Polarity of ‘Bad’.

To Understand the Concept of ‘Good,’ We Must Accept the Mutually Arising Polarity of ‘Bad’.

Conscientious humane action requires that we navigate the space in-between what is ‘good and bad’ to minimize harm caused to others by remaining too long at unnatural extremes.
2 min read
Feb
27
What Does It Mean to Be a Virtuous Person and How Is that Different From a Person of Good Character?

What Does It Mean to Be a Virtuous Person and How Is that Different From a Person of Good Character?

We live in a social media age where morality and ethics are demonstrated as virtue-signalling memes or thumbs-up emoticons — often
2 min read
Feb
24
What Is the Distinction Between Values and Virtues? One Leads to Deliberate and Thoughtful Action

What Is the Distinction Between Values and Virtues? One Leads to Deliberate and Thoughtful Action

Practicing the virtues expressed in the Tao Te Ching is not for appearances, recognition, or validation. These are actions that
2 min read
Feb
20
There Is a Space Between the Binary Labels of Male and Female that Connects Us All as Human Beings

There Is a Space Between the Binary Labels of Male and Female that Connects Us All as Human Beings

We are all worthy of dignity and freedom of self-expression. In 2005, I bought my first translation of the Tao
2 min read
Feb
07
Is the Tao Te Ching Still Relevant Today, and Why Would You Care to Read it?

Is the Tao Te Ching Still Relevant Today, and Why Would You Care to Read it?

The Tao Te Ching is implicitly a queer text, one that has been an ethics of the marginalized and the oppressed. Through simple metaphors and observations of nature, the Tao Te Ching offers a powerful virtue ethics philosophy for our common humanity, one that challenges the status quo.
3 min read
Jan
06
Labels Used to Describe Identities - Like Gay, Straight, Trans, Male, Female — Are Not Fixed in Meaning

Labels Used to Describe Identities - Like Gay, Straight, Trans, Male, Female — Are Not Fixed in Meaning

Human experience is not a constant — it is not fixed or static. When we experience new things — historically as civilizations
1 min read
Nov
07
The Necessity of Appealing to Innate Human Dignity Instead of Furthering Argument and Division

The Necessity of Appealing to Innate Human Dignity Instead of Furthering Argument and Division

Self-mastery is not about agreeing with other people’s opinions or keeping silent — it demonstrates your humility and respect for
9 min read
Feb
25
Does Courage Matter if You’re on the Wrong Side?

Does Courage Matter if You’re on the Wrong Side?

Is courage boldness, bravery, or a compassionate virtue? Courage doesn’t care what you are doing, it just helps you
4 min read
Dec
06
Human(e) Thought Leadership: How to Be the Change for the Common Good Through Self-Mastery

Human(e) Thought Leadership: How to Be the Change for the Common Good Through Self-Mastery

A single person can make a difference in the world, but they can't do it alone without a
5 min read