Taoism; Martial Arts and Sorcery

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Once both sides of dualism were accepted, the Taoists clearly saw that individuals combined good and evil in varying proportions.  Taoism therefore evolved into a system large enough to satisfy the needs of all the different people.  Taoists gave morality and piety to the common man; faith and loyalty to the hero; martial arts and sorcery to the power-hungry man; knowledge to the intellectual; and, for the rare few looking for even more, they gave meditation and the secret of transcendence.  Then they turned everything in side out and said, ‘Not only are these segments of the world’s people, but by the principle of microcosm and macrocosm, they are also inner realities of every individual.’

– Chronicles of Tao, Pgs. 204-205

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3 Responses to “Taoism; Martial Arts and Sorcery”

  1. So if a man were to be training in martial arts and sorcery, then the potential to go to the “dark side” is easier?

  2. ctkwingchun Says:

    Yes. From a Taoist perspective, it is all encompassing – neither is looked at as a path to the other. All same.

  3. Oh

    Well then, the dark side of the force here I come!

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