The Tao is nameless and as pure as uncarved wood. Although the Tao seems insignificant, no one can command it. The leader that can act in accordance with it will find that everything is naturally in accord with him.
When heaven and earth in their symmetry combine, the world is benefited by rainfall. People will also naturally follow their course in harmony, without need of regulation.
When people first had regulation, it became necessary to label things as ‘this’ or ‘that’. This naming could go on and on, but it is best to know when to stop. Knowing when to stop is the basis of avoiding troubles.
To picture the Tao’s presence in the world, think of streams turning into great rivers, and great rivers turning into seas.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 32, translation by Robert Brookes)