Sep 17

The Tao of Friday

Chapter LXIV is the most quotable chapters, and we get lines that are even famous in Western circles!  One of the other Tao masters used to use an analogy of butchers: the right butcher knows where the bone meets sinew and with little effort at all carves the dead animal perfectly.  The average butcher breaks a sweat and unevenly chops the animal.

Not the best analogy for a vegetarian, but there you have it.

What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
He remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What he desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
He simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.


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