Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Inspired by Tao Te Ching - chapter 50



My translation of chapter 50 of Tao Te Ching:

Letting go survives
Holding on dies

A third survives naturally
A third dies naturally
A third chooses to die
Why so?

Those who survive
have strong survival skills

Those who have survival skills
won't meet rhino nor tiger when traveling
won't be stopped by soldiers when crossing battle fields

'cause rhino finds nothing to aim her horn
'cause tiger finds nothing to target his claws
'cause soldiers find no target to aim their weapons
Why so?
Tao holds on nothing

Paul's comment: The bravest man is one who has nothing to lose. The enlightened man has shed his ego. The religious man puts everything to God. And Tao got nothing to hold on.

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