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Taoism  
   Path of simplicity and subtlety.    
Objectivism
Philosophy of reason and reality.

Taoism and Objectivism.
They're not the opposites they first appear.
Both hold existence as primary over consciousness.
Both hold man competent to live by his own judgment.
And both hold a human life to be the standard of value -
Objectivism explicitly, and classical Taoism implicitly.
Neither advocates duty, faith, force, or sacrifice.
Both are reality-based and individualist.
Objectivism is rational and clear;
Taoism more obscure.

Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching

"In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle & kind.
In speech, be true. In ruling be just.
In everyday life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the
time and the season."

6th century B.C.
Ayn Rand's Objectivism

"My philosophy, in essence,
is the concept of man as a heroic
being, with his own happiness as
the moral purpose of his life, with
productive achievement as his
noblest activity, and reason
as his only absolute."

20th century A.D.

Two views that span recorded history,
human cultures, and the globe. Both concern
what is good, not for country or "society",
but for one's self. In both I find the soul
of humanity - individualism.


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