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US Route 17E to Damascus - Chapter 10

I walk from US Route 17E to Damascus, Virginia on the Appalachian Trail.

I read Chapter 10 of the Tao te Ching translated by Steven Mitchell. 168 more words


Tao Te Ching #61: “A great nation wants no more than to include and nurture people”

A great nation flows downward
into intercourse with the world.
The female of the world
always prevails over the male by stillness.
Because stillness is considered lower, 283 more words


XXXIII - "He who lives out his days..."

He who knows others is clever;

He who knows himself has discernment.

He who overcomes others has force;

He who overcomes himself is strong.

He who knows contentment is rich; 124 more words

Philosophy And Politics

Tao Te Ching #60: “Governing a large nation is like cooking little fish”

Governing a large nation
is like cooking little fish.
When the world is ruled by the Way,
the ghosts are powerless.
It is not that the ghosts are powerless; 175 more words


Tao Te Ching #59: “The Way of extended life and sustained reflection”

To govern the human and serve the divine,
nothing compares to frugality.
Only frugality brings early recovery;
early recovery means buildup of power.
Build up virtue, 212 more words


Tao Te Ching #58: “happiness rests in misery, misery hides in happiness”

When the government is unobtrusive,
the people are pure.
When the government is invasive,
the people are wanting.
Calamity is what fortune depends upon;
fortune is what calamity subdues. 238 more words



The highest virtue is not virtuous: therefore it truly has virtue.

The lowest virtue never loses sight of its virtue: therefore it has no true virtue. 18 more words