Tao Te Ching Chapter 12

Chapter 12 of the Tao Te Ching seems really relevant to modern society. It speaks of sensory overload, the constant chase for something better or newer, and how that can never truly satisfy. Instead Lao Tzu recommends simply taking what is needed and finding comfort within the Tao.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMI like this chapter a lot. I have come across many people unhappy with their present situation although I find they have a comfortable life otherwise filled with laughter and joy. It is their need for more money, a nicer car, less work, more vacations etc that drives their unhappiness. If they accepted their present situation for what it is and learned to love their life as such, taking pleasure in the service of others and quiet solitude perhaps then their suffering would lessen.

As always thanks goes to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

The five colours make one blind in the eyes
The five sounds make one deaf in the ears
The five flavours make one tasteless in the mouth

Racing and hunting make one wild at heart
Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage

Therefore the sages care for the stomach and not the eyes
That is why they discard the others and take this

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