Tao Te Ching.

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The Tao Te Ching compiled

Some important parts needed to learn.

Chapter 1 -What is the Tao?

The "Tao" is too great to be described by the name "Tao".

If it could be named so simply, it would not be the eternal Tao.

Heaven and Earth began from the nameless (Tao),

but the multitudes of things around us were created by names.

We desire to understand the world by giving names to the things we see,

but these things are only the effects of something subtle.

When we see beyond the desire to use names,

we can sense the nameless cause of these effects.

The cause and the effects are aspects of the same, one thing.

They are both mysterious and profound.

At their most mysterious and profound point lies the "Gate of the Great Truth".

Chapter 2 -Making things ugly

When people see beauty, they think, "that's beautiful".

Thinking of something as beautiful makes you think other things are ugly.

Calling something "good" forces you to call some other things "evil."

The ideas "difficult" and "easy" support each other.

"Long" and "short" define each other.

"High" creates "low"

"Tone" creates "noise"

"Before" creates "after"

"Have" creates "don't have"

This is why the Sage acts without effort and teaches without words.

New things are created and the Sage just accepts them.

Things fade away and the Sage accepts that too.

A Sage can have things without feeling they "own" them.

The Sage does things without putting an emotional stake into the outcome.

The task is accomplished, but the Sage doesn't seek credit or take pride in the accomplishment.

Because the Sage is not attached to the accomplishment, the accomplishment lasts forever.

Chapter 3 - Making thieves

When you praise worthy people, you make other people envious and quarrelsome.

When you...