Philosophy

I would describe my basic philosophy as being Taoist. I know that there are those who would argue that Taoism is a religion and others who would argue that any religion is philosophy. As it turns out, they are both wrong. Religion is a system of beliefs and practices which embraces a particular culture. Philosophy is a perspective on life and a way of viewing and interacting with the world. Undoubtedly there is a lot of crossover between the two, but they are separate and independent entities. Religion tends to be communal in nature, shared with others, while philosophy is more personal. No two people have the same philosophy.

Many people may claim to follow Taoism (The Way) but when we really compare our philosophies against each other we will soon find that my way is different from the way of any other person. Further, proof of the difference between religion and philosophy is the fact that my religion can be successfully integrated with a wide variety of philosophical perspectives while Taoism can easily be compatible within any religious tradition.

Politically I am socially somewhat conservative, and fiscally very conservative. I find that we need a society that is less filled with bigotry without going so far as to write legislation which would blur the line between what is traditional and what is outside of the mainstream. As for social programs, we need to realize that a better society will meet the needs of those who are in need without the excesses and inefficiencies of monolithic government programs.

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