Category: Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching: Verse 5 Thoughts

Heaven and earth are impartial; they see the 10,000 things as straw dogs.  The sage is not sentimental; he treats all his people as straw dogs The sage is like heaven and earth:  To him none are especially dear, nor…

Tao Te Ching: Fourth Verse Thoughts

The Tao is empty but inexhaustible, bottomless, the ancestor of it all. Within it, the sharp edges become smooth; the twisted knots loosen; the sun is softened by a cloud; the dust settles into place. It is hidden but always…

Tao Te Ching: Third Verse Thoughts

Putting a value on status will create contentiousness. If you overvalue possessions, people begin to steal.  By not displaying what is desirable, you will cause the people’s hearts to remain undisturbed The sage governs by emptying minds and hearts, by…

Tao Te Ching: 2nd Verse Thoughts

Under Heaven all can see beauty as beauty, only because there is ugliness.  All can know good as good only because there is evil Being and nonbeing produce each other.  The difficult is born in the easy.  Long is defined…