The Tao Te Ching and the Trayvon Martin Case, permissioned reprint

The Tao Te Ching and the Trayvon Martin Case, permissioned reprint
Robert M. Jankel, author of “Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching: An Intuitive Interpretation” wrote the following blog, which the Washington DC Government Business Examiner was permissioned to reprint:
TwoI’ve been asking myself the question: if Lao Tzu were alive today, what would he have to say about the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case?

Over the past few weeks, I, like so many others, have been closely following the trial. There have been numerous things that have stood out, but most importantly, a teenager was shot and killed after buying a few items at a convenience store and then attempting to walk back to the home that his father and he were visiting.

I won’t go into the details, but one thing has stood out to me about this polarizing case. Of course, I’m generalizing here, but it seems if you are black, you may well see the evidence from a different perspective than someone who is white.

Twenty five hundred years ago, Lao Tzu in the Tao Te Ching said the more laws and regulations there are, the more poverty, thieves, violence and unemployment there would be in our world. What he was talking about deals with humanities basic goodness, faith and trust in one another. When those essential unifying factors are missing, division, divisiveness, and profiling comes into the world. Then, of what value is a slew of rules and regulations and, without jobs, how can people possibly feel good about themselves?

Twenty five hundred years ago Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching talked about the “uncarved block of wood.” This was his way of saying we are all a part of a single whole. Everything in the universe is related. Even scientists, some of the most skeptical people in our world, say that we (all of us) can be traced back to Africa some 200,000 years ago. Like the Tao Te Ching, they say we go back to a single mother.

I believe Lao Tzu reminds us about our ancient ties. How we are, “under the skin,” more alike than we think. He might also have said although George Zimmerman had followed the letter of the law that fateful day in 2012, when he pulled the trigger, two lives may have been lost on that tragic day.


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