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
These social qualities which we so admire are accompanied, according to the Tao Te Ching, accompanied by "the fading of the Tao," deception, disharmony, and confused chaos. How so? Is this a coincidence? Is there cause and effect here? Where is the causality?
The fading of the Tao is the beginning of the end, the milestones on the way are benevolence, justice, intelligence, deception, disharmony, piety, kind affection, confused chaos, and loyal ministers. Benevolence is no more a solution than deception is; patriotism is no more a solution than chaos is?
Where is the solution? only in the Tao. Where is the Tao? it is always there, right where it is supposted to be.
It is in us and around us. The "fading" is something we did, not something it did. But the "fading" occurred a long time ago -- back before Lao Tse, back before the state, maybe when one person looked to another and said: "lead me;" Maybe when one person looked at a garden and said: "this is mine."
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.