6.2_Laotzu, Disassociation and Sage Status

Laotzu recommends not-striving. In fact, he recommends the achievement of non-action. The paradoxical language of Laotzu captured by achieving (an action if there were one) non-action invites the reader to look beyond a literalist fundamentalism. But like Buddha and the recommendation to cease craving, Laotzu employs the rhetoric of disassociation when characterizing the way. Let …