True words aren’t eloquent;
eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 81, translation by Stephen Mitchell)
How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes
Well, here we are, at the end of another cycle through the Tao Te Ching. I have been doing this every day for over four years now. I think that makes at least eighteen times we have gone from beginning to end. And, I am not about to stop now.
Here, I kind of picture Lao Tzu as Morpheus from the Matrix movie. All he is offering is the truth. The reality, or way things are, behind the way things seem to be. It hasn’t been eloquent. And, he has never tried to prove his point. He simply has put the truth out there. You get to choose, red pill or blue? You know which pill I swallowed. And, honestly, I have been quite surprised by just how deep the rabbit hole goes.
It continues to go on and on. Through paradox after paradox.
Having no possessions; yet, the more we do for others, the happier we are; the more we give to others, the wealthier we are.
The Tao just goes on nourishing us; and always, it is by not forcing us. And so, we follow that example. We lead, by not dominating.
I said, I am not about to stop going through the Tao Te Ching, one chapter at a time. But, I am going to change things up just a bit. I have been doing this, day in and day out, every day, through sickness and in health, for over four years. And, I have decided I need to schedule in some days off, with this next cycle through. So, I have decided to take weekends off from my daily blogging. And, since this last chapter just happens to come on a Friday, this weekend will be my first opportunity for days off. Therefore, don’t look for the cycle to begin again, with fresh new commentary on chapter one, until Monday. I will post commentaries on chapters one through five, successive days through Friday of next week. Then, take another Saturday and Sunday off, before posting chapter six the following Monday. I will continue that schedule until we get to the last chapter, again.
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