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Lae-Tsu: Seeking the Highest Good

Lao-Tsu (570-490 B.C.) wrote the following on the highest good in his Tao Te Ching:
"The highest good is like water. Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao. In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart. In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just. In business, be competent. In action, watch the timing. No fight; no blame."

1. Think about his meaning and how it might be similar or different than key ideas in seeking the highest good in both Confucianism and Christianity.
2. What is the relationship of right being to right doing in each of these three religions (Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity)?

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This post examines the search for the highest good. The path to the highest good and acting in a "right" way is examined from the Taoist, Confucian, and Christian perspectives. Over 750 words of original text along with links to sources used.