brief introduction of the author:
Lam Shang Chan’s heritage could be traced back to the Fujian province of China. A few hundred years ago, his ancestors resided down south to Canton, Bo-On, then eventually settled down in Hong Kong, and became
the original permanent residents that bared witness of the growths and developments in Hong Kong.
Right from an early age, he showed great interest in philosophy. He recognised the signs of China’s decline, and hence became actively pursuing the formulation of a rescue plan to halt this decline. After finished his secondary school at Heung-Tao Middle School, he decided to further his university education in China. Although, his father was initially against the decision, Chan managed to convince his father due to his love for the country and he finally enrolled to the Wunan University for Teaching, China.
After graduation, he returned to Hong Kong to help running his father’s business in herbal medicine. Thereafter, he immigrated to England and opened a local Chinese restaurant. He later returned to Hong Kong in the 70s and let in charge of his father's herbal medicine business. In the 80s, he opened a stockbroker company, and later a real estate company. However, the businesses did not divert his attention away in finding a solution to secure the prosperity for mankind.
By chance in 1986, he visited a Taoist temple and read an extract from "Tao Te Ching" stating that, “The Tao that could be spelled out is not the unchangeable Tao. The name that could be assigned for is not the unchangeable name.” He was so taken by it and exclaimed it as "one amazing book that is unequaled by the others” As a result, he devoted his next ten years in studying “Tao Te Ching” and realised that the Tao is just surrounded him. He recalled his father once told him about one of the passages of The Song of Weighing One’s Fortune: "If you could work hard and make savings, you may have less worries when you reach an old age.” This in fact, echoed one of the passages in "Tao Te Ching" – “Those who know what is enough is wealthy”. Without realising this fact, his father frugally adhered to the principle for the rest of his life; "Is it not because the Tao is everywhere?" Further in-depth investigation made him realising that the meaning of the Tao within Tao Te Ching actually means every form of energy and what the Taoist philosophy has proclaimed the so-called “two merged into one” means every evolvement and existence consists some forms of propulsive forces and intrinsic formats within them. According to author’s years of research in Tao Te Ching, he could conclude that if we can utilise the concept of “two merged into one” we would be able to emerge from the vortex of calamity and live happily after and at the same time establishing a good world order. What Chan benefited most during the years in studying “Tao Te Ching” is the discovery of his life long passion in realising the Tao of saving and governing the country. Therefore, he noted down this in words for publications and let the world to examine his ideas in details. His aim is to publicise the conciseness of “Tao Te Ching” and to let people in recognising its true value, hence to nurture the next generations to contribute to the country and people diligently. Although this ideal may not become an instant reality, we may sum up his rationales by his very own words, “One who sincerely wishes to write about the "Tao Te Ching", why deliberately seeks to become an immortal!”