The basic belief systems of Taoism are ones predicated upon individual embraces of understanding and enlightenment. I am not sure if "disdain" is too strong a word, but Taoists believe that this is a process where individuals find their own path to follow within the Taoist faith. This is not necessarily seen as a communal process, whereby one has to follow a group or social sect of being. Rather, the Taoist community is defined by the individuals within a particular group. The "tao" itself is something that individuals have to find, the "way" is something that must be found internally. A Taoist society can be established, and there are social setting where Taoism is evident. Yet, I think that that following of "the tao" is not something that can be done as a group or as a collective entity. The ability to find one's own path is compromised to an extent when in a group. It might be to this extent that Taoists perfer the spiritual explanation to take place on an individual basis and not one that is social, in nature.