The Tao TE Ching seems very wise in many subjects in comparison with other religions (appologize for doing this comparison - I know one can reclaim like in ZEN-Buddhism there have to be no concepts in TAOISM too).
But looking at the wisdom for example of non-duality (ADVAITA) it is wellknown that humans need concepts to grasp anything and as a tool to go beyond.
So I am not so familiar with Taoism itself (long years going with advaita and ZEN and now going with authentic Kabbala for a couple of years) but I would like to aks few questions about the view of the human nature by taoistic thought:
what is the relation between human and other forms of existence like inanimate, vegetable and animalic?
what is the relation between individual and collective within humans?
regarding the above: does Taoism see some evolution and therefor special responsibility of humanity for the whole?
Does Taoism see some necessity for correction in the human nature?
If so does Taoism see some demand on humanity to do some work on that?
What does Taoism think about egoism and altruism?
Is Taoism only for individuals and if so what is the function of the collective regarding the individual and vice versa?
As all religions claimed "wanting and selfishness" as the main source of suffering - has taoism an idea why it is so and for what purpose?
ZEN (and I think Taoistic thought too) therefore - not seeing any need and purpose in suffering (only to get lost of it!)- reclaims to give up wanting as a cure whereas it is known that special in humanity evolution depends on growing wantings - so how will Taoism deal with growing wantings which are only faced in the human nature (an animal, a plant, a stone is born and will die with the same wantings - not so a human!)? So human nature seems to demand to go with the nature of growing wantings but don't knows how to manage it other then destroying the world or reducing wanting (meditate) which seems to reduce human to animal, plant or inanimate structure.