Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.I've highlighted these two passages to illustrate the different conceptions of "time." From the Christian perspective, time is linear with a definite start and end point as signified with God being the first and the last.
~ King James version ~
Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea.
~ from Verse 32 of the Tao Te Ching ~
For the Taoist, time is circular. The water in the river flows to the sea where it evaporates and its essence ascends to the atmosphere. It re-forms in clouds and falls to the earth as rain...which finds its way into streams (like rivers) that flow to the sea -- a perpetual cycle.
If you're interested in reading more from this experimental series, go to the Tao Bible Index page.