Holy Church of the Absurd Scientific Tao

The Holy Church of the Absurd Scientific Tao TM

The Third principal -
He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know."  - Laozi
The Tao: The original absurdist philosophy

Tao is a concept found in Taoism, Confucianism and more generally ancient Chinese philosophy and East Asian religions.  It is often referred to as 'the nameless', because neither it nor its principles can ever be adequately expressed in words.  The Tao is not available for intellectual discussion.
To the Taoist tradition, everything in nature appears to contain both aspects of the Yin Yang, two complementary forces or principles that make up all aspects and phenomena of life.  One is negative, dark, passive, cold, wet, and feminine (yin) and the other (yang) positive, bright, active, dry, hot and masculine.  The Yin Yang helps to navigate through the unknowable.  The interactions and balance of these forces in people and nature is supposed to influence their behavior and fate.  (see karma)
Tao can be roughly stated to be the flow of the universe, or the force behind the natural order, equating it with the influence that keeps the universe balanced and ordered.[   It is often used philosophically to signify the fundamental or true nature of the world.
From the Church of the Absurd Scientific Taoist point of view the Yin Yang is the representation of the 1% at each end of a bell shaped curve.  In that sense it is an illusion, since the total of any part of a perceived reality includes the 98% in-between.   It is a necessary illusion because to stay alive we need to form yin yang concepts such as  good and bad.  It is an illusion because good and bad, as far as we know, only exist within the human experience. 
 Tao is often referred to as 'the nameless', because neither it nor its principles can ever be adequately expressed in words.  The absurdity of the Tao not being available for intellectual discussion is self evident.  Meaning may exist in the universe.  Humanity thinking it can intellectually understand and explain it is the absurd part.  An emotional understanding through faith without the addition of an intellectually mind anesthetizing dogma is the way of the truly enlightened absurdist.

Lao-Tse


Laozi