Wednesday, February 23, 2011

12: Moderation


The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavors dull the mouth.
Racing through the field and hunting make the mind wild.
Searching for precious goods leads astray.
Therefore, the sage attends to the belly,
And not to what he sees.
He rejects the latter and chooses the former.


This chapter obviously continues the reasoning of the previous one. The 11th chapter's theme of emptiness is followed by this chapter's praise of moderation...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 12 Translation and Commentary

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