Thoughts on Tao Te Ching 2 (Mitchell Version)

When people see some things as beautiful, other things become ugly. When people see some things as good, other things become bad. Being and non-being create each other. Difficult and easy support each other. Long and short define each other. High and low depend on each other. Before and after follow each other. Therefore the Master acts without doing anything and teaches without saying anything. Things arise and she lets them come; things disappear and she lets them go. She has but doesn’t possess, acts but doesn’t expect. When her work is done, she forgets it.

That is why it lasts forever.


There is a balance to all existence.  Furthermore, classifications are dependendent upon an alternative.  An acceptance of the seeming opposites as the whole and the norm, aids in maintaining a balanced perspective on the natural ebb and flow of all this is and all that occurs…

There is no tall.  There is no ugly.  There are no classifications, but rather mere references which are interdependent.  There is no conception of north without south.  There is no conception of loud without silence.  Our attempts to describe and classify are feeble efforts to refer based upon perceived contrasts.

Acceptance of all that is as being.  That is all.

Compications and conflicts arise by clinging to one extreme without accepting the other.  The very seasons teach us the natural rhythm of all that is.  Nature does not cling.  Nature merely exists.

We are an aspect of the natural ebb, flow, and rhythm of existence.  We exist.  Therefore we are.  We are, therefore we exist.

We own nothing.  We are something.

So it is.

These are my thoughts on Tao Te Ching 2


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