Wednesday, February 23, 2011

47: Understanding without Exploring


Without stepping out the door,
You can know the world.
Without looking through the window,
You can see Heaven's Way.
The longer you travel, the less you know.
The sage knows without traveling,
Perceives without looking,
Completes without acting.

Understanding without Exploring

Immanuel Kant, who lived in the 18th century, was one of the foremost of Western philosophers. He was born in the town Königsberg, and stayed there all his life. He had profound thoughts on god, life, peace, and just about everything else. As his philosophy got known around the world, everyone was amazed that so much could come out of a man who never in his life traveled more than ten miles from his home town...

Here is my full commentary on this Tao Te Ching chapter:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 47 Translation and Commentary

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