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Act without acting

Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-1
No intellectuals
If you don't respect intellectuals, people will stay away from contention. (Ch.3)

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Knowledge is something like dregs in your beer keg to Lao Tzu. He just doesn't need it.

You just reduce and reduce your knowledge until you don't care about knowing something.

Being stupid is the state of grace.

In fact, that's how you change things.

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"The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." The more difficult to pronounce the mantra is, the more sacred. One can laugh at exoticism, but is he able to show you the way? The way how you can overcome the fancy costumes? If the seemingly greener grass fascinates you, the only solution might be going over the fence into the other side and discovering that the grass has the same color. If a Japanese boy believes that Major League Baseball (or Premier League football) is definitely "greener" than the baseball (or football) his countrymen play, he's gotta go there and beat some hitting records (or play better than George Best). Until then, the kid will be trapped in a strange mixture of complacency and self-negation, saying to his fellow citizens: "You don't know what it really is. What we have is false. Look over there. They have got something authentic". Kafu Nagai needed to go to America to make enough money to see France. The money he had earned was barely enough to let the spoiled Japanese twenty-something hang around in France for just ten months. Did he find that the grass was the same green wherever one went? It seems that in his mind the grass still remained greener somewhere but he was not able to be there. To fill the gap between what he had and what he wished to have, he created his "strange" but adorable world in the life of a woman who practiced a libidinous profession illegally on the other side of the River Sumida.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-2
Rare coins
If they don't value rare coins, people will stay away from theft. (Ch.3)

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It is surprising how much rare things attract us.

When you think of the number of stolen objects in the market, human peculiarity called collecting does more harm than good, it seems.

Collecting something has become part of human instinct since we started keeping our grains in the cave for winter.

If you look around, you can see the world is generous enough to let you live.

Only our fear makes us prepare for a rainy day.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-3
No stimulation, in principle.
If they don't look at what stimulates their desire, people's mind will stay calm. (Ch.3)

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So far, the first three sentences of the

chapter have been


They can be explained as follows:

If you don't analyze things intellectually, you don't have to suffer from the ordeals caused by dichotomy.

If you turn the hologram favorable to your benefit, the intention will work counterproductively.

If you know that your desire does not belong to you and is just another catalyst like stars and flowers, you don't have to feel unhappy when it is not fulfilled.

The objective of Tao by Matsumoto is not to analyze Lao Tzu's text for the academic study, but to tell its quintessence to those who need relief in life.

I would be happier if my funny stories about the life in Japan could make you smile.

No stimulation in principle, but a bit of laughter will do no harm.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-4
What are “people”?
Therefore, in the sage's way to control the people, he empties the mind, fills the belly, weakens the will, and strengthens the bone.


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"If you try to find out who are the owner of the mind, the belly, the will, and the bone in this context, you will end up in an intellectual dead-end.

For the occidentals and some others who have the Cartesian mind, one of the hardest things to overcome is to forget about individuality.

If you do so, it will be much easier.

The word "people" could be interpreted as "your hologram". And the rest will be part of it.

Mind, a belly, will, and a bone are part of "mountains, rivers, and lands", Zen Master Dogen might say.

It means that they are all part of your hologram.

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Need help?

Q: "I am frustrated! Will Tao help me?"

A: Why don't you think the other way round?

Reverse Thinking

Q: "I am not happy about how I look. Do I need a cosmetic surgery?"

A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Q: "I am scared of seeing my reports. What’s gonna happen if the numbers are not good enough"

A: Zen Masters asks you to forget about statistics.

No Numbers

Q: "We need to change our way to grow foods. I am worried about the future of my children. What should we do?"

A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

Tao Agriculture

Q: "People talk about Zen, but what the heck is it indeed?"

A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

Zen is Love

Q: "I am desperate. I need some solutions right away."

A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

10 points to be One with Tao

Q: "I am confused when people tell me to face reality. What is reality?"

A: A good question! Zen masters have been tackling the question for ages, but our old man, Lao Tzu, knows the answer.

No Absolute Truth

Q: "Is a geisha truly a p,........., a lady of the oldest profession of human beings?"

A: No, it means "artist", literally. She is an artist of the Taoist way of living.

Kawabata's Onsen Geisha

Q: "What Does Nintendo mean?"

A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-5
Neither intellect nor desire
Always, he keeps the people without intellect or desire. (Ch.3)

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If you have intellect, it is difficult to deny the existence of one and only objective world.

If you have desire, surely you want to influence the one and only objective world.

If you are wise, you should not do either.

Because you would be simply refusing to accept your hologram as it


We don't need either intellect nor desire to accept all.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-6
No action
This means that the sage refrains from acting. (Ch.3)

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"Stand up and fight!"

"Fight for peace!"

"Don't give up! Stick to


Da da, da da, don't give up dada.

Aren't we weak against all those shining mottoes of the 20th


While some violently fight in order to stick to peace, obviously Lao Tzu prefers doing nothing.

If you refuse to accept what it is, you will never be in peace.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 3-7
Act without acting
Act without acting, and you will control all. (Ch.3)

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Here comes the one of the toughest pieces in Tao Te Ching, or Oriental philosophies in general.

"Act without acting." "Think without thinking." "Say without saying."

What do they want to say, really?

Let's make the answer as simple as possible.

"Act without acting." means "recycle the fundamental energy Tao".

You receive the energy through the world, which is your hologram.

You emit it back, creating a cycle of the energy Tao.

By doing so, you transform your hologram.

Without acting, you act on your world.

This is called Dark Depth Female.

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In «Rivalry», Nagai Kafu talks about the technical rivalry in Tokyo's Shimbashi geisha district. A geisha is not necessarily a prostitute, but can be one. On the other hand, a woman who sell her body can be an ordinary woman who live next door to you. Nagai kafu knows well about the latter, too. Read «Flowers in the Shade».

A strange coincidence happens no matter how you doubt it. Two of the most important literary achievements were first published in the same year, 1937, and translated by the same person, Edward G. Seidensticker. Thank you, Mr Seidensticker, for your unfathomable contribution to the promotion of Japanese literature. Read Kafu Nagai's «A Strange Tale from East of the River» and Yasunari Kawabata's «Snow Country».