Wednesday, February 23, 2011

46: Enough Is Enough


When the Way governs the world,
The proud stallions drag dung carriages.
When the Way is lost to the world,
War horses are bred outside the city.
There is no greater crime than desire.
There is no greater disaster than discontent.
There is no greater misfortune than greed.
To have enough of enough is always enough.

Enough Is Enough

We learned in the previous chapter that peace should govern the world. That's what Tao, the Way, leads to when followed. When we deviate from the Way, war is imminent. By preparing for it, we guarantee that it will arrive. It would be nice with a world where war is not expected...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 46 Translation and Commentary

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