Tao 42

Tao is one: Whole and unified.
Our imperfect perceptions tend to segment it
Into two, as with yin and yang;
Into three, as with the primary colours;
Into four as with the fundamental forces;
Into a multitude of seemingly separate manifestations
As with the myriad creatures.

Harmony comes when we see past this segmentation to the truth of Tao,
Carrying with us:
Both yin and yang;
Both sound and silence;
Both light and darkness.

Those who think themselves great are often lonely and miserable
While those who have accepted their insignificance find themselves at one with the universe.

There is no gain without loss,
No loss without gain.

As such, heed the simple advice so common to the many philosophies:
Strive for peace when possible, for violent life brings violent death.


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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