18 & 19

18
“When the great Tao is forgotten,
goodness and piety appear.
When the body’s intelligence declines,
cleverness and knowledge step forth.
When there is no peace in the family,
filial piety begins.
When the country falls into chaos,
patriotism is born.”

19
“Throw away holiness and wisdom,
and people will be a hundred times happier.
Throw away morality and justice,
and people will do the right thing.
Throw away industry and profit,
and there won’t be any thieves.

If these three aren’t enought,
just stay at the center of the circle
and let things take their course.”

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, by Stephen Mitchell
Chosen December 9, 2012

Based on thoughts about the Solar Meditation for today, I could not choose, nor notice that either choice was more clear and both were useful to me, thus I included both for today.

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