Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News Editorials & Other Articles General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search


(2,706 posts)
Sun Oct 28, 2018, 11:32 AM Oct 2018

Relevant words today, from the Tao Te Ching-Translation by Stephen Mitchell

Last edited Sun Oct 28, 2018, 01:49 PM - Edit history (1)

Chapter 18

"When the great Tao is forgotten,
goodness and piety appear.
When the body's intelligence declines,
cleverness and knowledge step forth.
When there is no peace in the family,
filial piety begins.
When the country falls into chaos,
patriotism is born."

First verse of Chapter 46

"When a country is in harmony with the Tao,
the factories make trucks and tractors.
When a country goes counter to the Tao,
warheads are stockpiled outside the cities."

Note-"The Tao is defined as the basic principle of the universe, and the book is about wisdom in action... "it teaches how to work for the good with effortless skill...and applies equally to good government, sexual love, child rearing, business and ecology."

"The Tao Te Ching is the most widely translated book in world literature, after the Bible."

2 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Relevant words today, from the Tao Te Ching-Translation by Stephen Mitchell (Original Post) c-rational Oct 2018 OP
Lovely and meaningful reminder. jrthin Oct 2018 #1
"The Tao That Can Be Spoken of Is Not the Eternal Tao". n/t safeinOhio Oct 2018 #2
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»Relevant words today, fr...