This fascinating and useful book is a modern-day interpretation of Lao Tzu's Tao te Ching
for those concerned with social issues and activist movements in Western civil society. It's a thoughtful examination of how the Tao, and Taoist thought, might be applied to the challenges, conflicts, and obstacles that activists and concerned citizens face as they deal with such issues as poverty, workers' rights, environmentalism, freedom of expression, gender and sexual equality, and social justice. The book also includes a verse-by-verse interpretation of the Tao te Ching
, one of the most important historical works of Chinese philosophy and is the basis of Taoism (or Daoism).
This is a timely book about the role of spirituality in activism in the 21st century, and how wenot only activists per se, but those for whom issues of social and political justice are importantcan forge new paths in our daily struggles to make the world a better place, and at the same time restore personal balance to our lives. It includes a foreword by Dr. Jim Butler, a political activist for the past 30 years who is also a Buddhist monk.