The Tao is not something intrinsic to China or the far east. It is universal. Since life began in one common place, a universal origin for all mankind, we are all the same human race. The only reason I borrow my ideas from Tao and Zen is because the east Asians preserved shamanic culture from antiquity to the present day.
The word ‘shaman’ comes from a Mongolian word which means ‘wandering monk’. Aboriginal society was led by shamans, the shaman was the leader. In this society, politicians are the leaders, and success is measured in money. Even with artificial power and artificial wealth, the medical doctor is still the most revered profession in America. It shows you not much has really changed internally, we are all sick and want to be cured of old age, sickness, and death. In the modern era, we have simply created a division between state, religion, and medicine, when in antiquity it was all one.
Every shamanic master, psychic healer, and mystic is somewhat schizophrenic. They are out of touch with our shared reality, and in touch with something deeper. What we call reality is just a shared delusion. However, not every schizophrenic is a healer or genius. It’s like the difference between sex and masturbation, sex involves an interplay between two beings, masturbation is when you are by yourself.
The psychic healer is crazy, because he perceives things ordinary people can’t. The mentally ill loser is just by himself in delusion. The healer is not always right, but then again, neither is the ordinary man.
The mental health system and psychiatry in general is barbaric, and some day we the human race will look back on this type of ‘medicine’ and shake their heads at how bad and wrong we were. There are other types of treatment for those who see the world differently than psychotropic medication and cognitive therapy.
The world of men is corrupt, and in an insane world, only the insane are sane. Money is not even backed by gold anymore, and all the computer work people do in an office every day essentially amounts to nothing. The world is being manipulated by the elite, and there’s not much you can do about it.
My suggestion to you is to be in the world but not of it. Material wealth is an illusion, so is success. Survive by making enough money to live beneath your means. Eat simple food, mostly vegetables, wear simple clothing, and live in a simple house. Drive a reliable vehicle or take public transportation. Life has no purpose, we live not live for. Survival and procreation are the two driving forces of existence, and everything else is just philosophy.
In conclusion, shamanic culture was better than capitalistic culture. At least wealth back then was measured in something real, like who had the most fruitful land and the most successful hunters. The world is coming to a climax, a point when we as a a human race can either learn the right way to live in harmony, or destroy ourselves in ignorance, bias and hatred. You really have no power to change others, you only have power to change yourself.
I will try to be as positive a human being as I can.