May 30th, 2012

goban

18

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

"Accurate Translation of the Tao Te Ching" - 18 - Derek Lin

When the great Tao fades away
There is benevolence and justice
Intelligence comes forth
There is great deception

The six relations are not harmonious
There is filial piety and kind affection
The country is in confused chaos
There are loyal ministers

    -- Derek Lin
Accurate Translation of the Tao Te Ching


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How do i know that the Tao is in me and around me?  By looking.  How do i look?  By respectfully regarding the ways
in which others look and then finding my own vision.