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Subject: Reading Through the Tao Te Ching: Ch. 60 rss

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http://acc6.its.brooklyn.cuny.edu/~phalsall/texts/taote-v3.h...

Governing a large country
is like frying a small fish.
You spoil it with too much poking.

Center your country in the Tao
and evil will have no power.
Not that it isn't there,
but you'll be able to step out of its way.

Give evil nothing to oppose
and it will disappear by itself.


I like this one (for this board) because it speaks directly to modern politics. I'm not necessarily a small government person myself, but I think the metaphor is apt and has some interesting implications.

An understanding of wu wei will complement this chapter, if you're inclined, here's the Wikipedia and a snippet:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_wei

Quote:
Wu wei (traditional Chinese: 無爲; simplified Chinese: 无为; pinyin: wú wéi; a variant and derivatives: Japanese: 無為(むい); Korean: 無爲(무위); Vietnamese: Vô vi; English, lit. non-doing) is an important concept in Taoism that literally means non-action or non-doing. In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu explains that beings (or phenomena) that are wholly in harmony with the Tao behave in a completely natural, uncontrived way. The goal of spiritual practice for the human being is, according to Lao Tzu, the attainment of this purely natural way of behaving, as when the planets revolve around the sun. The planets effortlessly do this revolving without any sort of control, force, or attempt to revolve themselves, instead engaging in effortless and spontaneous movement.
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