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Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-1
In the old days, those who did Tao well didn't make people bright by it. Instead, they made them ignorant by it. (Ch.65)

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Who are "people"?

"People" are you.

If you want to know who you are, look at people around you.

They are you.

Or, more precisely, they are your own self beyond your control, or Tako 他己. (☞ See Chapter 3b You and non-you)

You use Tao to make yourself more stupid.

The more ignorant you are, the closer to Tao you are.

If you are bright, brilliant, or intelligent, it is difficult to accept that your intelligence is part of the hologram and, therefore, does not belong to


That's why Lao Tzu asks you to reduce your knowledge and learn not to learn. (☞ See Reduce 48-1 and Learn no learn 64-18)

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剣禅一如 [ken zen ichi nyo]. This is the teachings of Miyamoto, Musashi. It means: "The sword and Zen are the same". He wrote «The Book of Five Rings / Gorin no Sho». Musashi's sword is certainly Zen Master Dogen's Genzo 眼蔵, or the hologram.

If the sword is Zen, is Aikido science? It is a difficult question. But, at least, we have a Japanese gentleman who practices both at the highest levels. He is Tatsuo Kimura. He is one of the highest disciples of late Yukiyoshi Sagawa and a professor of mathematics at University of Tsukuba in Japan. He wrote «Transparent Power». It is about the principles of Aikido.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-2
Too intelligent
It is difficult to govern people because they are too intelligent. (Ch.65)

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"How intelligent you


When someone tells you this, does it make you happy?

If so, you have got a few things to think about.

First, is intelligence yours?

Is intelligence generated purely inside your own self?

Intelligence is information that comes and goes just like the clouds in the sky.

Second, does intelligence help you?

If you don't care about it, no problem.

It is like the flowers on the field.

But if you think that intelligence is a powerful tool to analyze the objective world, mmm, certainly it is a hindrance.

The word "people" means «you» in the Today's Tao sentence.

Lao Tzu is telling you:

"Don't be intelligent!".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-3
Harmful intelligence
Therefore, governing a country by intelligence does it harm. (Ch.65)

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Is intelligence harmful?


That's what Lao Tzu is saying here.

"Governing a country" means "controlling your hologram".

It is about your attitude towards your own self and the rest of the


You should not control them by intelligence.

Why is intelligence harmful?

Because intelligence induces the dichotomy between your own self and the objective world.

The one and only objective world is a myth.

The seemingly outside world is part of the hologram along with your own self.

If you think intelligence is a useful tool to analyze and control the hologram, you are refusing to accept it as a catalyst.

Be stupid!

Forget being smart, and you will have no resistance against the world in front of you.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 65-4
Not by intelligence
Not governing a country by intelligence does it good. (Ch.65)

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"Be stupid!"

"Don't be intelligent!"

That's what Lao Tzu is saying.

If you prefer less vulgar expressions, you can say:

"Be like dust." (☞See Kanshiketsu / Like dust 56-7)


"Be like water". (☞See Tao Te Ching Chapter 8 Be like water)

Without intelligence, or without material wealth, it is easier to regard the world as a catalyst.

While someone is praising you by saying "you are intelligent" or if your own self is convinced that you are smarter than others, it is difficult to accept that the Self does not belong to you personally.

That's why intelligence is a hindrance.

Intelligence doesn't exist.

It is an interpretation of some information.

Neither does your own self.

It is a name for a "small" part of your hologram.

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

Reverse Thinking

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

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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.

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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

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

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A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.