Tao Te Ching - Dao ~ Tao #9 - Extremes
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Tao #9 ~ Extremes
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Going to extremes is never wise
treasure attracts envious eyes

a bowl filled to the brim
easily spills its contents


a knife sharpened to excess
quickly dulls and loses its edge

when filling your rooms with gold
whispering of luck and the Jade you've sold
you cannot protect your miser's hoard
hubris invites its own reward

the braggart's voice is always proud
it is better to be soft than loud
do not strut your credentials
or identify yourself with titles

When you have reached your goal
be satisfied to walk away
time to take a holiday
this is truly heaven's way




What can this teach us?



Why is going to extremes unwise?

What is the difference between Jealousy and Envy?

What is hubris?

What is the significance of jade?

What is a braggart?

Why is it better to be soft than loud?

Why are we counciled not to strut credentials/

Why should we avoid using titles?

Why is it important to walk away?

 
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