Dear San Domenico,
In 10th grade Sacred Texts, students are reading the Tao Te Ching. The religion of Taoism seeks spiritual insights from the natural world. Here is one student’s reflection on a Taoist question:
Question: Water is the supreme element in Taoism. With its ebb and flow, effortless movements, and life giving properties, water teaches humans the best way to live. What can we learn from the metaphor of water?
Answer: I think that we can learn from how water just keeps moving, no matter what gets in its way. Even if it is blocked by a branch or rock, it simply flows around. If it is completely stopped, it builds and builds and eventually rises over the obstacle. We can learn from water to keep going, no matter what stands in our way.
Thank you Aran (10th grade teacher) and Sophia (10th grade student) for sharing this reflection!
Have a wonderful week,
Director of Philosophy, Ethics, and World Religions