The following is an excerpt from RZA's "The Wu-Tang Manual."
The Tao means, basically, the "Way." It refers to the flow of life, the way nature expresses itself. Taoism teaches you to unite your actions with the flow of the universe. You want to be spontaneous and free from outside influences like social institutions. Confucianism, on the other hand, is more life a concept of government, conduct, and social order. So they seem like opposites, but in Chinese society, they along with Buddhism combine to form a general approach to the world.
Confucianism is about relationships. Buddhism is about release. Taoism is about balance. If your life is in turmoil and conflict, you're not living in the Tao.
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