Thoughts on: “Tao te Ching” by Lao Tsu

I can see a possible scenario in the future, where I’m a greying old man, and I praise this book as profound and monumental. But let’s face it, It did not do much for me right now.


I enjoyed it quite a bit and something tells me this book is special, but I don’t feel I have access to all its layers yet. It feel pointless to put a number on a book like this and therefore I won’t.


The book is lightweight with it’s 81 aphorisms of Chinese wisdom – most of which doesn’t even cover half a page in the book. But it demands reflection. ——

📝 The oldest version excavated was dated back to 400 years BC.


📝 “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”


📝”A man with outward courage dares to die; a man with inner courage dares to live.”


📝 ”To understand the limitation of things, desire them.”


⭐️ Takeaway:

Non-Attachment, non-Judgment and non-Resistance. We have heard it all before. These principles are easy to understand intellectually but so hard to master.


My current plan is to get more editions (with different annotations) of Tao te Ching and keep going back to it every other year or so.


What’s your relationship to this book?



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