As an alternative to the eastern (Chinese) tradition to Confucianism, Taoism, or 'The Way', is a philosophy based on living according to nature's laws. To act in favor of Tao is to act by 'wu wei' or 'let nature take its course'. Likewise, one would live and act by flowing with the river, as opposed to building dams and impediments. A Taoist lives without regret, aware of the present, thoughtful of the past and enamored with faith for the future. Key principles include abandonment of self-interest and expectations of the future.