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Tao Te Ching


On nothing, being and becoming

On being, nothing and becoming (English translation following Xiao-Gang Wen here):

The nameless nonbeing is the origin of universe;

The named being is the mother of all observed things.

Within nonbeing, we enjoy the mystery of the universe.

Among being, we observe the richness of the world.

Nonbeing and being are two aspects of the same mystery.

From nonbeing to being and from being to nonbeing is the gateway to all understanding.

Notice the similarity to (Hegel 12), for more on this see (Hegel 27).


  • Wikipedia, Tao Te Ching

  • Bureau of Public Secrets Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

  • Georg Hegel, Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, Volume II: Determinate Religion. Edited by Peter C. Hodgson; translated by R.F. Brown, P.C. Hodgson, and J.M. Stewart, with the assistance of J.P. Fitzer and H.S. Harris. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995 (orig. 1987). (Translation of: Vorlesungen über die Philosophie der Religion.) This extract (pp. 556-561) is from the Lectures of 1827; A. Immediate Religion, or Nature Religion; 1. The Religion of Magic; c. The State Religion of the Chinese Empire and the Dao. (web)

  • Georg Hegel, Science of Logic (1812)

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