[From “Racism or the Tao?”]
"Do not be a racist" might be classified as one precept within the "Law of General Beneficence." Lewis argued (quoting Confucius!) that a single law cannot stand alone, but derives validity from the whole.
The fact that you obsess on one narrow statute, and forget the Tao from which it gains validity, reflects both moral progress and regress.
Your concern about racism reflects progress, because the ancient Romans seldom recognized a duty to the poor and marginalized. In his magisterial work Dominion, historian Tom Holland argues that our care for those on the margins of society comes from the Judeo-Christian tradition, in particular the teachings and life of Jesus. I think one can find buds promising a similar blossoming on the stems of early Buddhism (the Dhammapada), the writings of Mozi, and to lesser degrees Confucius and Lao Zi, along with Greek and Roman Stoics. (And the ethical nursery where Jesus no doubt picked up his own shoots before nurturing them to verdant blooms, the Hebrew prophets.)
But what all these pre-scientific thinkers held in common were well-stocked tool belts, not one sad hammer with which to pound like Bam Bam Rubble.
The Tao encourages no narrow obsession. Whether in Stoic, Buddhist, Confucian, or Christian forms, it provides a vastly richer and more positive worldview than either "Black Lives Matter" or even the New Ten Commandments hanging from my neighborhood church.
The Tao allowed for progress, Lewis insisted. Where feet were bound or widows burnt, followers of Jesus brought it. The Tao may be as universal as the sky, but like the universe itself, it creates space for seekers of truth to expand into.