In Chapter 3 of the Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tzu issues one of his many social critiques of his society. It is uncomfortable to notice how relevant his words are to us, 2600 years later. He touches on the basic question of, “What is the good and humane life?” His answers are counter-cultural to say the least.
I have no real concrete answers to the issues he raises. I only know that my own life has been built on some false assumptions that have allowed me to participate in many unconscious ways to the destructive trajectory of our species. At the very least, I can take small steps to disconnect myself from participation in the destruction.