Tao 70

Lao Tzu’s teachings are clear and easy to live by.
Yet few in the world understand or live by them.

His words have ancient roots
That sprout from disciplined action.
So long as these are unknown,
So too is the value of Lao Tzu’s teachings.
This can make it difficult to discern
Who understands Lao Tzu and who imitates him.

This is true, more generally, of philosophy.
The truth of a philosopher toils in obscurity
While their character is caricatured by imitators.
Those that know Lao Tzu are few
While his imitators are revered.

Therefore, the Sage wears simple clothes
and holds his true value in his heart.


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