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The Tao Te Ching compiled Some important parts needed to learn Chapter 1 -What is the Tao The Tao is too great to be described by the name Tao If it could be named so simply it would not be the eternal Tao Heaven and Earth began from the nameless Tao but the multitudes of things around us were created by names We desire to understand the world by giving names to the things we see but these things are only the effects of something subtle When we see beyond the desire to use names we can sense the nameless cause of these effects The cause and the effects are aspects of the same one thing They are both mysterious and profound At their most mysterious and profound point lies the Gate of the Great Truth Chapter 2 -Making things ugly When people see beauty they think thats beautiful Thinking of something as beautiful makes you think other things are ugly Calling something good forces you to call some other things evil The ideas difficult and easy support each other Long and short define each other High creates low Tone creates noise Before creates after Have creates dont have This is why the Sage acts without effort and teaches without words New things are created and the Sage just accepts them Things fade away and the Sage accepts that too A Sage can have things without feeling they own them The Sage does things without putting an emotional stake into the outcome The task is accomplished but the Sage doesnt seek credit or take pride in the accomplishment Because the Sage is not attached to the accomplishment the accomplishment lasts forever Chapter 3 - Making thieves When you praise worthy people you make other people envious and quarrelsome When you value rare things highly you turn honest people into thieves If you show people exciting things you will make
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