The Tao is the ultimate creative principle of the universe. All things are unified and connected in the Tao. According to Lao Tzu, the Tao is the infinite, eternally present. No beginning, no end. The essence of wisdom. The way to mystical freedom is by way of letting go of conventional concerns and achieving union with the Tao. Once union has been achieved, such conditions as poverty and wealth will become meaningless, and ordinary societal values will no longer apply.