Throughout history, there have been many influential and smart people that came from China. Lao Tzu is one of them. He was a philosopher and the founder of Taoism. He also wrote many works that people still find relevant.
Here are eight things we can learn from Lao Tzu, one of the greatest people that lived on our planet.
The answers to all life’s questions are deep within yourself
Lao said that in the center of our being, we can find the truth about us and about everything that we want and desire. To know others is a sign of intelligence, and the true wisdom lies in our knowledge about ourselves.
When you let go of things you will be free
Trying too hard is never a good idea, sometimes you just need to let things go and that way you will win the battles that you thought were unwinnable. This way the best master does things without doing anything and the best teacher teaches without saying anything.
When things come up, you need to let them come to you, and when they disappear you need to let them go. Don’t expect anything in return for the things you do, and when you finish with your work, forget about it.
You need to let yourself be whoever you are and if you want to achieve the best you need to embrace the worst. You are like muddy water, only those who have the patience to let the mud settle down will become clear.
Being egotistic won’t bring you any pleasure
If you let your ego control your actions, you will not get very far. You need to know yourself by not defining yourself and don’t try to shine where your light is not needed.
Ignoring evil is the best way to defeat it
Evil needs something to oppose to stay alive, and if you deny it and ignore it, it will just die out.
In the end, kindness always beats evil
Your actions reflect on you so if you want goodness and kindness, you need to treat people with goodness and kindness, even those who aren’t good deserve to be treated with goodness. If you want honesty from other people, treat them with honesty.
When your words are filled with kindness, it gives confidence and love to people. And loving someone makes you braver while being loved by someone makes us stronger.
Don’t try to hide your true nature
If you care what other people think about you, you will easily become a prisoner in your mind, but if you’re happy with who you are, and believe in yourself everyone else will believe in you and treat you with respect.
Humility is a virtue of the wise
Wise people know that humility makes them stronger. Being humble is the way to greatness.
Everything in this world changes so we need to go with the flow
When you realize that the world changes, and there’s nothing that stays the same to hold on to, new horizons will open up for you, and when you stop being scared of dying nothing will seem too difficult.