Before I start, this week is pretty significant. Every year in April, my school awards a class ring to third year students. Last night, I got mine! It's been three years. My ring is 40 pennyweight. Big, right? Now let's return to the original topic!
I recently bought the Tao Te Ching because it's the foundation of Ba Gua Zhang. It was written around 500 BC and it's still being read, so I decided to buy it. The Tao Te Ching explains Taoism. Like the Bible (kind of) it contains passages and poetry. The reader interprets the verses, but it contains some basic principles.
Before I continue, let me explain myself. I believe it's important to study many different various subject. I study mechanical engineering in college, but I also play guitar. I attend a military school, but I value peace. Like Japanese, it's not necessary for me to study philosophy or religion, but this website does exists and I did buy the Tao Te Ching. ：）
The Tao Te Ching greatly explains Ba Gua Zhang since it values softness and flexibility. Most Ba Gua Zhang techniques use your opponents energy against them. A small person is capable of defeating a large opponent. People can break a rock, but not the wind. I'm fairｌy small myself, so I agree with that. ：）
But it also denounces learning and unnecessary actions. Many discoveries and inventions exist because of peoples aspirations. People live to accomplish, right? In my opinion, every person has a purpose. We're here to improve the world.
So the book wasn't what I expected. Still, it's important to learn. Sorry for the long wait. It's been a busy week. Thanks for reading! Have a great day!