Walking the Tao – Chapter 5

Today I am looking at the process of “having preferences.” It seems so natural, doesn’t it? To be human is to have preferences. How else do we know what to do? Yes, in one sense, preferences are natural. However I believe we have turned them into a gateway to immense suffering. Preferences morph into desires. Desires morph into so-called, “needs.” These artificial needs, driven by media, culture, and economic systems, have led us, not to the promised satisfaction and happiness; but instead have narrowed our experience and delivered frustration and unhappiness.

Chapter 5

Author: William Martin

Taoist teacher and consultant

4 thoughts on “Walking the Tao – Chapter 5”

  1. I remember a time when I had few material possessions and no status—life seemed so much simpler. Now I have it “all” and I just feel tired.


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