Taoism’s Aimlessness vs Western Purpose

In the West there is an emphasis on purpose and the need for purpose to fulfill our so-called empty lives. But this perspective is diametrically opposed to the essential teaching of wu-wei in Taoism. In the Tao Te Ching and the Zhuangzi there is a focus on aimlessness as a method for creating healthy and sane individuals. Purpose, on the other hand, is thought of as a blind alley that can lead to all sorts of psychological problems from the Taoist perspective. In this episode of Ask Jason, I will answer a few questions about whether or not purpose can fit into the art of wu-wei (effortless living/non-doing/non-interference) and whether or not we should have a goal or goals in life and on the spiritual path.

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