Does the guy stick to the Tao?


"Laotse stood on the dividing line, looked ahead, looked back, and wrote the book of meaning and being, of the world and being in two parts, called Taoteking, from which some sayings were named here: for reflection and for after-living Human beings should not live outwards, but from within. Although the climatic factor may have played a role in the development of Taoist people, the dividing line between Eastern and Western people seems to me to go straight through the soul of humanity, which only goes through the heavenly Law of balance, polarities, the opposition between day and night, man and woman, good and bad is suspended in the air. The type of eastern and western man: one can also think of the man of the (sun) rise and the People of the (sun) setting, it happens everywhere: in all times and peoples and climates Apollonian, sentimental and naive people are parallel polarities. Eastern thinking, as Lao-tzu thinks it, is mythical, magical thinking, thinking in itself: Western thinking is rationalistic, empirical thinking, thinking about itself, thinking towards an end. Eastern man is based in himself and has his meaning only in himself. His world is an inner world. Western man is "beside himself". His world is the outside world. The Eastern man creates the world, the Western defines it. The western one is the scientist. The Eastern man is the wise, the bright, the holy, the essential. To become like him, to be like him: he calls to us; because we are tired of the functional, the mechanical, the rational being there and thinking there. The relativisms of knowledge and science. The sterile dialectic. The spiritual war of all against all. The longing for a true peace of the soul, the absolute meaning in and in itself is your deepest longing, human! So: become essential! "(From the afterword)

Information on your own translation work is not provided. The editions of Strauss, Ular, Grill and Wilhelm that were available at the time probably served as models. The term "sense" for TAO was certainly adopted by Richard Wilhelm. Even if some nice wordplay is included ("The teacher is not taught, the scholar is empty"), the 28 reproduced sayings of the TaoTeKing seem rather bulky against the background of the transmissions available today and leave the question open as to why not all of the sayings are processed were.