a salvific practice. There is nothing that one needs to be saved from
and belief in Salvation would lead to belief in Damnation in the same
manner as belief in Good leads to belief in Evil. Although they do not
accept the false duality of Salvation vs Damnation, living simply in harmony
with Te and Tao and not excessively pursing material wealth, stature or
prestige will lead to a joyful life.
homosexuality, divorce, nonviolence and social betterment programs are
not unambiguously stated in the ancient texts. One might be able to derive
a position on these issues, but any such stance would be attenuated by
the recognition that any stance is just a conceptual abstraction that
has little usefulness. Taoism would see expressing traditionally male
and female roles for both men and women as being more harmonious than
artificial societal roles. Protecting nature is favored, though not by
laws or injunction.
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