June 1st, 2010



When the great Tao is forgotten,
Kindness and morality arise.
When wisdom and intelligence are born,
The great pretense begins.

When there is no peace within the family,
Filial piety and devotion arise.
When the country is confused and in chaos,
Loyal ministers appear.
When people lose touch with Tao,
they start talking about
"righteousness" and "sanctity."

When people forget what's true,
they start talking about
"self-evident truths."

When people have no respect
for one another,
they start talking about
"political correctness"
and "family values."

When the nation is unstable,
people start talking about "patriotism."

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 18

As soon as the great Tao is cast aside,
There prevails the teaching of benevolence and righteousness
As soon as intellection and prudence are esteemed,
There is produced the great falsehood.
As soon as the members of  a family are no longer at peace,
There is a demand for filial piety and love.
As soon as a nation is in confusion and rebellion,
There is a claim for loyal officers.

                  Chang Chung-yuan, 1975.