All can know good as good only because there is evil.
Therefore having and not having arise together.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short contrast each other:
High and low rest upon each other;
Voice and sound harmonize each other;
Front and back follow one another.
Therefore the sage goes about doing nothing, teaching no-talking.
The ten thousand things rise and fall without cease,
Creating, yet not possessing.
Working, yet not taking credit.
Work is done, then forgotten.
Therefore it lasts forever.
Daily Tao - 2
I think the message of the Tao Te Ching is simple and single: Let go.
"Simple but not easy;" single but stated in 81 different ways.
Here i am told that every one of the ten thousand things requires its opposite to complete it.
Without "ugliness," i would not "know" that "beauty" is "beautiful."
I guess this explains "evil" about as well as anything i've heard.
"Manifestations" ("incarnations?") are "necessarily" " flawed."
There is an element of risk whenever "essence" takes "form."
Non-action does not mean idleness
Doing not-doing means (i think) doing while letting go
I am not to be attached to the outcomes of my actions;
i am not to be attached to my actions;
i am not to be attached to my self
Thus, i am told, will my actions matter.
Stephen Mitchell quotes: "When people see some things as good, other things become bad."
Ursula Le Guin tittles this chapter "Soul Food" (which it is.)