Tao Te Ching
|Scribblings of the divine|
As a religious work, it has some advantages and disadvantages:
- It doesn't mention God.
- It's short.
- It is confusing.
- It is esoteric, especially for people who are not familiar with Chinese mythology.
Many esoteric themes pervade the Tao Te Ching. One of these themes is the benefit of nothingness, stillness, or emptiness. An example of this is that the true usefulness of a jar is the empty volume inside the jar. Another is that everything depends on its opposite to exist as a concept. For example, the term "light" has no meaning without the existence of the term "dark."