Wednesday, February 23, 2011

18: Pretense


When the great Tao is abandoned,
Benevolence and righteousness arise.
When wisdom and knowledge appear,
Great pretense arises.
When family ties are disturbed,
Devoted children arise.
When people are unsettled,
Loyal ministers arise.


Tao is the Way of the universe. If we just follow it, there is no risk of going wrong. But when we deviate from it, we are sure to make mistakes, no matter how noble our intentions are...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 18 Translation and Commentary

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