The Dao De Jing

a modern interpretation of Lao Tzu
perpetrated by Ron Hogan


PART ONE
DAO (THE WAY)

1.

If you can talk about it,
it ain't Dao.
If it has a name,
it's just another thing.

Dao doesn't have a name.
Names are for ordinary things.

Stop wanting stuff;
it keeps you from seeing what's real.
When you want stuff,
all you see are things.

Those two sentences
mean the same thing.
Figure them out,
and you've got it made.

2.

If something looks beautiful to you,
something else must be ugly.
If something seems good,
something else must seem bad.

You can't have
something without nothing.
If no job is difficult,
then no job is easy.
Some things are up high
because other things are down low.
You know you're listening to music
because it doesnt sound like noise.
All that came first,
so this must be next.

The Masters get the job done
without moving a muscle
and get their point across
without saying a word.

When things around them fall apart, they stay cool.
They don't own much, but they use whatever's at hand.
They do the work without expecting any favors.
When they're done, they move on to the next job.
That's why their work is so damn good.


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