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"Accurate Translation of the Tao Te Ching" - 18 - Derek Lin

May. 30th, 2012 at 1:15 PM

When the great Tao fades away
There is benevolence and justice
Intelligence comes forth
There is great deception

The six relations are not harmonious
There is filial piety and kind affection
The country is in confused chaos
There are loyal ministers

    -- Derek Lin
Accurate Translation of the Tao Te Ching


( "Benevolence," "Justice," "intelligence," " piety," "loyalty." and "affection," -- aren't these "good" "things?" According to the Tao Te Ching, they come when the Tao  "fades away", and when there is deception, lack of harmony, and confused chaos. )  Coincidence?  Cause and effect?

The fading of Tao is the beginning of the end; benevolence, justice, intelligence, deception, disharmony, piety, kind affection, confused chaos, and loyalty are landmarks.  Benevolence is no more a "solution" than deception is; loyalty no more than chaos,  The problem is the "fading" of Tao.

But the Tao has not faded, it is where it always was, where it always will be, in us and around us.  The fading is our doing.  Tao is the only solution to the only problem.  How do i know that the Tao is in me and around me?  By looking.  How do i look? I respectfully look at others' ways of looking and then find my own
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