Many of the world’s ancient philosophies are timeless in their wisdom and utility. One can read the writings and teachings of Aristotle, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Siddhartha, and other centuries-old thinkers and find a lot of familiar and still-relevant observations.
This is especially the case with Lao Tzu (also spelled Laozi or Lao-Tze), best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and the founder of philosophical Taoism. Though well over 2,000 years old, his thoughts, reflections, and prescriptions remain as vital today — if not more so — than they did then.
The School of Life, one of my favorite YouTube channels, offers a quick but informative guide to the sage, who is revered as a prophet and deity among religious strains of Taoism and Chinese folk tradition.
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