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Misfortune

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-1
Dark government
When the government is dark and obscure, the people are naive.

(Ch.58)


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A: "Master Bonbon, is our government bad?"


B: "Yes. Your government is dark and obscure because the people are bad."


Lao Tzu doesn't agree with you, Master Bonbon.


He thinks that, when the government is less visible, the people are close to Tao.


Don't be upset by "the government" or "the people" inside your TV

set.


They are part of your hologram.


When the hologram looks "dark and obscure", in other words, when you don't pay attention to it, you are "naive" like a baby.


Then, you don't doubt that you are One with Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-2
Brilliant government
When the government is brilliant, the people are imperfect.

(Ch.58)


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"When the government is obscure, the people are perfect."


This political irony seems applicable as it is to life, but let's not hurry

up.


If you truly accept that "the government" and "the people" are part of your hologram, you can see it differently.


Lao Tzu wants to tell us that, when your hologram is "brilliant", it is "imperfect".


Don't shine.


Be like dust.


If your world is unnecessarily dazzling, it is high time you asked yourself what its function is.


The world, which is your hologram, is a catalyst.


It stimulates you to emit more Love (=the fundamental energy Tao).


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-3
Fortune = Misfortune
Fortune leans on misfortune. (Ch.58)


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Some people say:


"Fortune and

misfortune are neighbors".


They are the two sides of the same coin.


There is a funny story about this fact of life.


Please read or watch Taoism video / Favor 13-4.


Sai ou ga Uma 塞翁が馬 [Sa Ong Ji Ma 塞翁之馬], which means «Old Sai's horse», is a Japanese proverb from the Chinese philosophical classic Enanji 淮南子 [Huainanzi].


This old man Sai always say "You never know" and he doesn't judge

any.


Let's discuss the reason along with the next sentence.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-4
Misfortune = Fortune
Misfortune hides in fortune. (Ch.58)


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I sincerely hope you have read or watched Taoism video / Favor 13-4 because the story of «Old Sai's horse» teaches us the Taoist attitude.


Now let's discuss why.


First.


What is Tao?


Tao is the constant change of the energy flow.


It needs to change.


Second.


To create and stimulate the change of the flow, we have holograms.


Third.


Tao creates holograms, and holograms stimulate Tao.


This is the Yin Yang cycle.


Fourth.


Fortune and misfortune are part of the hologram.


To maintain the cycle, fortune provokes misfortune, and vice versa.


The important thing is that all of them are one without time or space.


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