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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-11
The firmest

attainment seems lazy. (Ch.40)

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If you want to firmly attain Tao, be lazy.

Well, the laziest way is doing nothing.

Don't be productive.

Don't work too hard.

Abandon the virtuous ideas of diligence in the 20th century.

Sincerely, it is counterproductive.

We know what happened because of those virtuous mottoes of righteousness and sacrifice.

A lazy man never begins a war.

Accepting your own laziness is one of the first steps to accept all as they are.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-12
The plainest attainment seems changing. (Ch.40)

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Changing is the fundamental of all the fundamentals of everything.

Now it is about time we discussed the most important question.

What is Tao?

It is the name of the constant change.

It is the constant exchange of the energy.

The energy creates the energy.

The energy stimulates the energy.

The energy emits the energy.

The energy receives the energy.

The energy change hands inside itself.

If it ceases to change, the energy stops.

Keeping this constant change is our raison d'être.

The rest has no importance.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-13
White = Black
Big's white seems black. (Ch.40)

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Please read Chapter 25 Manifestation.

"Big" is a nickname of Tao.

Tao's white is black.

Do not judge.

Why do we keep on saying "Do not judge"?

Because judging disturbs the constant change of Tao the fundamental energy.

What seems to be white is, in fact, black. (vice versa)

Something seemingly white changes into something black. (vice versa)

Instead of imposing man-made criteria on Tao, accept and love what exists in front of you.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-14
Square without corners
Big's square has no corners. (Ch.40)

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I wonder why human beings adore squares and straight lines.

We even want to go straight to the point.

We avoid a man who is not square.

We cannot really blame Swiss architect Le Corbusier and his Domino System for this human propensity.

But we have to know that a seemingly square object has no corners in reality.

A square is a holographic image projected in your mind.

Be round instead of square.

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