Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-2 Guard stillness
Guard stillness firmly. (Ch.16)
Let's decode this.
It means, "Do not act until it is really necessary".
Naoto Matsumoto adds:
Chuang Tzu's famous maxim «Do not move until you are forced to. 迫而後動»
--荘子 外篇 刻意第十五--
Let's repeat this sentence every time someone tells us we are lazy.
What's wrong with being lazy?
-Do emptiness 16-1
-Guard stillness 16-2
-Material beings 16-3
-Go back 16-4
-Know constancy 16-11
-King = Heaven 16-14
-Heaven = Tao 16-15
-The body decomposes 16-17
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 16
-Tao by Matsumoto / Do nothing.
Lao Tzu answers your question!
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-You can find Chuang Tzu's maxim for lazy guys in «the Outer Chapters», which might not have be written by the philosopher himself. Never mind. The Japanese have been respecting the book for more than a millennium. Let's make robots work while we chill out.