March 8th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation - Chapter 57: Role Model? More Or Less.


57.1 Use straightforwardness for civil government,
       use surprise for military operations;
       use non-involvement to take the world.
       How do I know this?
57.2 The more taboos there are in the world,
       the poorer the populace is;
57.3 The more crafts the people have,
       the more exotic things are produced;
      the more laws are promulgated,
       the greater the number of thieves.
57.4 Therefore the sage says,
       I contrive nothing,
       and the people are naturally civilized;
       I am fond of tranquility,
       and the people are naturally upright.
57.5 I have nothing to do,
       and the people are naturally enriched.;
       I have no desire,
       and the people are naturally simple.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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