Tao 50

From life to death to life to death…

That which is alive is made of mere atoms.
That which is dead is also mere atoms.

Human life, proceeding through death, is no exception.

What then is it that makes one alive?

It could be said that
One who has mastered life
Faces no danger;
Needs no protection.

From the perspective of Tao, mortal does not exist.


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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