Tao Te Ching Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of Tao Te Ching seems relatively straightforward in its message except when it comes to how the sages behave. I read the words yet my mind struggles to grasp just how I would be able to do as instructed, which strikes me as the very thing that Taoism is trying to teach me, perhaps; by grasping at its concepts and trying to place it nice and orderly with my mind I am in fact labeling it thus missing to altogether. Not sure where I am to go from here. Hahaha.

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When the world knows beauty as beauty, ugliness arises
When it knows good as good, evil arises
Thus being and non-being produce each other
Difficult and easy bring about each other
Long and short reveal each other
High and low support each other
Music and voice harmonize each other
Front and back follow each other
Therefore the sages:
Manage the work of detached actions
Conduct the teaching of no words
They work with myriad things but do not control
They create but do not possess
They act but do not presume
They succeed but do not dwell on success
It is because they do not dwell on success
That it never goes away


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