NON-BEING THE CHANGE
Beyond the need for individual transformation is the need for political activism if the destructive trajectory of human behavior is to be turned. Since the root cause of these destructive behaviors largely resides in a coercive and manipulative interface with the world, philosophical Daoism’s unique appreciation of non-coercive change-making has much to contribute to the effectiveness of political action. If there is in humanity a dormant sense of its world-belonging, then being the open and non-assertive occasion for its awakening can facilitate significant change. Telling people what is “right” is a poor substitute for helping them to find it in themselves.
These then are some of the themes to be found in philosophical Daoism that we believe can significantly contribute to the realization of a new relationship with the world in which we live and in that help avert some of the catastrophic consequences of our hitherto collective indifference to our one biosphere. We will next explore each of these in greater depth.