There is still a way in this world, and we started trying to understand it very early in history. But as humans tend to do, it was bent to superficial ends. The Taoists saw that there was a way in nature, and a way in man. They didn’t have ambitions regarding it, beyond living their life well and trying to help others. Taoism was a bit ahead of it’s time, and a lot of it’s “wisdom” can be applied. Even the early “natural philosophers”, what we now call scientists, took inspiration from it. Much of our modern medicine and even our engineering came from “occult” lore.
“The Tao that can be told of is not the eternal Tao;
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The Nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth;
The Named is the mother of all things.
Therefore, let there always be non-being, so we may see their subtlety,
And let there always be being, so we may see their outcome.
The two are the same,
But after they are produced, they have different names.
They both may be called deep and profound.
Deeper and more profound,
The door of all subtleties!”