DAILY SELECTIONS FROM LAO-TZU’S TAO TE CHING — JANUARY 19, 2019

Abandon holiness, discard cleverness and the people will benefit greatly.

Eliminate philanthropy, put away morality and the people will regain compassion.

Forsake academic knowledge, relinquish propriety and the people will lose their anxieties.

Disavow cunning, renounce greed and there will be no theft.

These lessons are superficial, and could go on forever. even then they would still not be sufficient. One need only rely on this:

Manifest simplicity, like an undyed silk. Hold to your natural state, like uncarved wood. Cast off your ego, and curtail your desires.

–Lao-tzu–

(from Tao Te Ching, verse 19, translation by Robert Brookes)

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