The Dao De Jing
 PART TWO - DE (POWER)
17th page 79 - 81

a modern interpretation of lao tzu  perpetrated by Ron Hogan

79.
Sometimes,
when an argument is settled,
feelings of resentment still remain on either side.
What's the point of carrying a grudge?

The Masters care
about what they owe other people,
not what other people owe them.

People who are in touch with Dao do their duty.
People who aren't
try to force others into submission.

Dao doesn't play favorites.
But if you do right by Dao,
Tao will do right by you.

80.
Lao Tzu had a dream

about a small country with very few people.

They didn't need machines to get their work done faster.
They took their lives seriously, and stayed close to home.

They may have owned
boats and carriages,
but they never went anywhere.
They may have owned weapons,
but they kept those weapons
locked up, securely hidden.

They had so few responsibilities,
they never had to make a To-Do list
to remember what had to be done.

They enjoyed simple foods, dressed plainly,
lived comfortably, and kept their traditions alive.

And even though their neighbors were so close
they could hearthe dogs barking at night,
they had no interest
in leaving their homes,
where they grew old peacefully and died.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

81.
The truth isn't flashy.
Flashy words aren't true.

Educated people aren't always smart.
Smart people
don't always have an education.

Good people don't argue.
People who argue aren't good.

The Masters don't hang on to things.
They're always doing something
for other people,
so they always
have more to give.

They give away
whatever they have,
so what they have
is worth more.

If you want to get right with Dao,
help other people,
don't hurt them.
The Masters always work with people,
never against them.

 

 

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