Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 58

Government

 
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  58-1 Dark Government
  58-2 Brilliant government
  58-3 Fortune = Misfortune
  58-4 Misfortune = Fortune
  58-5 Eternal cycle
  58-6 Criterion?
  58-7 Odd criterion
  58-8 Spooky
  58-9 Confused about time?
  58-10 Don't tear it!
  58-11 Kyoka (crazy song) hurts
  58-12 Straight = Bent
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 58]  Government / English translation

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When the government is dark and obscure, the people are naive.


When the government is brilliant, the people are imperfect.



Fortune leans on misfortune.


Misfortune hides in fortune.


No one knows the end of this cycle.


There is no criterion?


A criterion returns to be odd.


A right thing returns to be spooky.


Since the old days people have been confused.



Therefore, the sage is just, but doesn't tear any.


He is pure, but doesn't hurt anyone.


He is straight, but doesn't extend himself.


He has light, but doesn't shine.





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Both "the government" and "the people" can be interpreted as your hologram. When your hologram appears "dark and obscure", that is to say, when you don't pay much attention to it, it is "naive". It is quite close to Tao like a baby.


When your hologram is "brilliant", it is "imperfect". Don't try to shine. Don't doubt the perfection of the world (=your hologram). If it is unnecessarily dazzling, it is about time you asked yourself whether you still remember that your hologram is just a catalyst. It stimulates you to emit more of the fundamental energy Tao (=Love).



Fortune and misfortune are the two sides of the same coin. Don't judge.


In fact, fortune and misfortune are the same thing. Cherish all no matter what they are.


Fortune and misfortune, like Yin and Yang, are an eternal cycle. (☞See Chapter 59 Attainment and cycle)


You don't need any criterion to judge because you are the one who project the cycle of your hologram.


Having a criterion is a form of resistance. It blocks the flow of Tao and bothers the cycle to turn around. The criterion / resistance creates oddities in your hologram, because of which you suffer. But don't worry. Everything "returns" to Tao, the ultimate stability. Your suffering is just a catalyst.


You don't have to be right because there is neither right nor wrong in Taoism. If you are too obsessed with being right, the result could be very "spooky". Think about all the man-made disasters in history where they have used the word "right" to do something horrifying.


Past, present, and future are part of your hologram. They are being created by you here now. Therefore, if you are confused, so are people in the history.



Therefore, you are always "just" if you don't judge. Don't "tear" any. Don't divide something in harmony.


You are frank, but it is unnecessary to hurt other people's feelings. They are part of your hologram.


You are "straight", but being straight in Taoism is being bent. Straightforwardness and distortion exist only in your mind. Don't try to convince others even when you think you are right.


Don't forget that you have the light of Tao (=Love) inside you, so it is not necessary to shine. Be like dust. (☞See Chapter 56 How to be one the Tao)

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