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Tao Te Ching, Chapter 72 - Fear Not

When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.

Do not intrude in their homes.
Do not harass them at work.
If you do not interfere, they will not weary of you.

Therefore the sage knows himself but makes no show,
Has self-respect but is not arrogant.
He lets go of that and chooses this.

Daily Tao - November 24th, 2009

No chapter of the Tao Te Ching is open to so many interpretations.
These differences involve the concepts of fear and dread.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

Chang Chuang-yuan writes;
"When people are free from fear,
They experience 'basic dread.'"
He then associates this "dread"
with being at peace.

Thus the "fear" that is part of "awe"
is not ordinary fear.
It is the fear of coming face to face\
with how significant my insignificance is.

Because i am nothing
and no one in particular,
i am inseperable
from all that is.
That is awesome.

I could try to get really philosophical about this
but that would just confuse us both.
This is just how i feel at the moment
(this eternal moment.)
Fear Tao,
Fear not
Don't be afraid of anything,
especially not Tao.

Awe casts out fear and brings peace.

(Oratio,,,)

I pray that i will regain my bearings,
that i shall fear only what should be feared.
and trust only what should be trusted.

I pray that as i am returned
to my original nature.
I will know what i need to know,:'."

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