The Dao De Jing
10th page 38 - 40

a modern interpretation of lao tzu  perpetrated by Ron Hogan


People with integrity
don't even think about it.
That's how you can tell
they have integrity.
Other people talk about
how much integrity they have,
when they really don't have much.
If any.

Truly powerful people
don't do anything,
but they get the job done.
Other people are always busy
doing something,
but nothing ever gets done.

When kind people act,
they do so without thinking about it.
When the just act,
they're always sure
they're doing the right thing.
But when the righteous act,
and nobody reacts,
they try to force everyone
to do things their way.

If you're not in touch with Dao,
at least you can still have integrity.
If you don't have integrity,
there's always kindness.
If you don't have kindness,
there's always justice.
If you don't have justice,
all you have left is righteousness.

Righteousness is an pale imitation
of true faith and loyalty,
and always leads to trouble.
If you've already made up your mind,
you don't know the first thing about Dao,
and you never will.

The Masters pay attention
to what's beneath the surface.
They'll look at a tree's leaves,
but eat the fruit.
They turn all that down,
so they can accept this.



Since time began,
this is what it's meant
to be in touch with Dao:

Dao made the heavens clear.
Dao made the earth solid.

Dao made our spirits strong.
Dao made the valleys fertile.

Dao gave all living things life.
Dao gave rulers authority.

Without Dao,
the heavens would collapse.
Without Dao,
the earth would crumble.
Without Dao,
our spirits would fade away.
Without Dao,
the valleys would dry up.
Without Dao,
all life would become extinct.
Without Dao,
rulers would stumble and fall.

Humility gives us power.
Our leaders should think of themselves
as insignificant, powerless,
unworthy of their stature.
Isn't that what humility is all about?

Be strong,
but pay no attention to hollow praise.
Don't call attention to yourself.
Don't make a scene.


Dao is always heading
back to where it came from.
Dao advances by not pressing forward.

Things exist because they are.
They are because they once were not.



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