Tao 17

Someone's in for a treat.

Beneath the cycles of civilization lies the eternal perfection of Tao.
The best rulers attempt to let this natural order shine through.
The next best are loved and praised, interfering for the good of the people.
The next are feared for punishing those that deviate from the acceptable.
The worst are loathed and unheeded, as their subjects object to the disorientation of existence.

Without a basic foundation of trust
civil society cannot survive.

Therefore the ruler —
takes care with his words and speaks sparingly,
letting work speak for itself.
Then, in the end, the people can claim
We acted naturally and did it ourselves!

All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online for free here. If you are so inclined, an updated version of our translation is available as an e-book, here.


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