Tao 81

Truth is not fancy, and does not need to be. In fact, decorations only hide it from sight. You can’t force people to see truth. Arguing with them will only draw their attention away from it. True wisdom is a loss of misconceptions rather than an accumulation of knowledge. Do not hoard facts and call … Continue reading

Tao 79

There is no perfect resolution to war. This is not good considering the frequency with which war occurs. Therefore, though the Sage keeps a tally in his left hand He does not seek retribution with his right. Those who model Te control the tally. Those who merely speak of Te settle grievances. Heaven’s Tao is … 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 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 69

There is a saying that should govern conflicts large and small: “It is better to stay home and be ready for trouble than to go out and start it. It is better to yield an entire foot and avoid losses Than to risk health and happiness in advancing an inch.” This sentiment is often forgotten. … Continue reading

Tao 68

When trying to accomplish, do not use violence. When playing the role of adversary, do not manifest anger. When victorious, do not hold your position over those who have lost. When playing the role of leader, do not dominate. This sentiment expresses the virtue of non-contention. This is how to empower others and ultimately, humanity. … Continue reading

Tao 65

Originally, those who aligned themselves with Tao did not try to pass their wisdom on to others. It was thought that this wisdom would be manipulated and distorted for clever purposes. Leaders who use cleverness intervene and take advantage of society. Leaders who do not use cleverness selflessly allow for change that benefits society. To … 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 59

To live as an example for others and be in accordance with Tao Is to be least invasive, exerting one’s will minimally, without thought of self. This is what it means to be Virtuous. A Virtuous society holds the potential to work out any problem. With time, nothing is impossible. A Virtuous person can guide … 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