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Taoism is a traditional religion that originated in China. It has shaped Chinese life for more than 2,000 years.
In the broadest sense, a Taoist attitude toward life can be seen in the accepting and yielding, as well as the joyful and carefree sides of the Chinese character. Taoism is also characterized by a positive and active attitude toward the occult and the metaphysical (theories on the nature of reality).
Taoism acknowledges that all elements of the universe are subject to the same physical theories and laws; therefore, the physical theories and laws of the material universe are applicable to the spiritual universe. Taoism is a complete science, and an understanding of Taoism results in the complete understanding of the entire (material and immaterial) universe.
Taoism has influences on ancient physical, chemical, biological, mathematical, psychological, and political theories and laws.