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Create an imaginary dialogue between Laotzu and a contemporary high school student in which the student asks for the philosopher's advice. Focus the dialogue on a concrete situation involving school, work, or relationships, and be sure that Laotzu's advice is in harmony with his beliefs.

I have absolutely no clue what to do here!

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    First step: Think of a burning question a high school student today would have. List several actually. Then read through them and choose one you think Lao Tzu could answer.

    Let me know what you come up with.

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    I've come up with these, but I am not sure how the whole conversation would go...

    How are College Academics Different from High School?
    What should I expect when I arrive at college?
    Can you get a STD and have never had sex?
    What does it mean to be both physically and emotionally pure?
    How do you talk to a friend who is doing drugs, but don't want to act like we're preaching to them?
    Is masturbation wrong?

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    It seems to me that these two would be questions that Lao Tzu could address:

    What does it mean to be both physically and emotionally pure?

    How do you talk to a friend who is doing drugs, but don't want to act like we're preaching to them?


    The second one could be dealing with a friend who is doing anything that is self-destructive, whether drugs or whatever.

    Choose one and start brainstorming what you think Lao Tzu might say in trying to answer.

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    I'm not sure what Lao Tzu would say because I am not familiar with him, and I don't exactly understand what the assignment is calling for.

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    Why would your teacher assign something like this if you haven't been studying Lao Tzu and/or other ancient Chinese philosophers?

    You should read and study the following websites/articles or you'll never make sense of the assignment.

    Laozi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Laozi (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ; Wade–Giles: Lao Tzu; also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Laosi, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations) was ...
    History - Names - Daodejing - Daoism
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laozi

    Lao Tzu: Father of Taoism
    Short biography and some quotes from Tao Te Ching.
    http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Philosophy/Taichi/lao.html

    Lao Tzu Page - Teachings on Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching
    Oct 21, 2009 ... Provides teachings about life and work of Lao Tzu, including the Tao Te Ching.
    http://www.taopage.org/laotzu/

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    I am home-schooled and they just give you a book and some assignments and that's it.

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    OK, then you'd best get busy and learn all you can about Lao Tzu and his beliefs.

    And here are some books available online so you can learn about him:
    http://www.google.com/search?q=lao+tzu&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1

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