Tao 78

Water is unquestionably soft and yielding, Yet it can carve massive canyons And sweep away entire cities with ease. This is because it does not rise up in solid fragility like the structures of humanity, But flows in low places, fluid and flexible like humanity itself. There is great strength in what seems weak, Great instability … Continue reading

Tao 77

The way of the universe is a symbiotic flow. As one part pulls, Another part pushes. A part that has excess will lose. A part that is lacking will gain. Presently, society acts against this flow. Where there is abundance, there is power to acquire even more. What is it when excess is freely offered, … Continue reading

Tao 72

There is plenty for us to worry about Without worrying each other. Leave people alone. They will find their way. Meddling in their affairs will only tire and frustrate the both of you. Knowledge is best without arrogance. Pride is best without vanity. Take the one, leave the other. All 81 chapters of our version … Continue reading

Tao 71

To be aware of what you do not know is to your benefit. Not to be aware will lead to difficulty. Knowledge of non-knowledge is strength. Be aware of non-knowledge and difficulty will not affect you. All 81 chapters of our version of the Tao Te Ching are available online for free here. If you … Continue reading

Tao 63

Minimize actions. Do not complicate. Enjoy simplicity. Look for the small in the big. Split the ominous few into a manageable many. Elaborate tasks are composed of many discreet actions. A long journey is but a series of individual steps. The great marvels of the universe are but the sum of simple processes. And so … Continue reading

Tao 57

On a battlefield, craftiness is ideal. In a government, honesty is ideal. If you would see the world moving in harmony with Tao, Neither battles nor governments are ideal. Why do I say this? Consider the following: Weapons can only destroy. More advanced weapons only yield more grotesque destruction. Restrictions do naught but deprive. Each … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Tao 49

The Sage has no constant pulse. The blood of ordinary people flows through its veins. I respect people. Good and not-good people alike. In being good to others, I’m good to myself, So walking the virtuous path. I have faith in people. Trustworthy and untrustworty people alike. I trust others to trust myself. So keeping … Continue reading

Tao 46

Should Tao ever prevail as a form of governance, Order will emerge as a product of our natural inclinations. So long as Tao does not prevail, Order is premised on coercion. The challenge to Taoist governance is ambition. No greater threat than desire, No greater misfortune than discontent, No greater calamity than wanting and taking … Continue reading

Tao 39

It is wholeness that makes The sky clear, The earth stable, And the riverside fertile. If this balance is lost to dearth or excess the sky might rage with storms, the earth might quake and split, the river might dry up or flood its banks. It is the same with leaders. One displays true leadership … Continue reading