Wednesday, February 23, 2011

43: Non-Action


The softest in the world
Surpasses the hardest in the world.
What has no substance
Can penetrate what has no opening.
Thereby I know the value of non-action.
The value of teaching without words
And accomplishing without action
Is understood by few in the world.


The principle of non-action, wu-wei, is frequently propagated in the Tao Te Ching. Often, the best solution is not to act at all, and when action is needed, to do as little as possible. Most things in the world correct themselves, given time...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 43 Translation and Commentary

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