Confucius, Lao Tzu, and The Way

Drew this today.


The Chinese words at the top say:


I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

Ego sum via et veritas et vita.

(John 14:6)

Here we have Confucius and Lao Tzu pointing the Way to others by exhorting us to seek righteousness (義) and to cultivate virtues (德). Yet, what they don’t realise is that they are pointing us to The Way (the Truth and the Life).

The big structure with the word “Tao (道)” on it is a traditional Chinese gateway (門). You’ll find this at the entrance/exit of a city (and also at Chinatown).

If you are curious, the bird-like creature on the gateway is supposed to be a phoenix, while the snake-like thing with limbs is supposed to be the Chinese dragon. These creatures are rich in symbolism.