Saturday, March 13, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 30-7 Don't boast
It's just a result. Don't boast. (Ch.30)
Once again Lao Tzu asks us not to boast, but boast about what?
In the previous sentences of this chapter, Lao Tzu says that being a good man is just a result.
War is a good example.
A good man in this side of the border is a bad man in the other side.
In the history of human beings, we know plenty of individuals who boasted, "I am good", and regretted it the day after.
-Force by soldiers 30-1
-Tao likes to return 30-2
-Good man 30-4
-Don't force 30-5
-Don't show off 30-6
-Don't boast 30-7
-No arrogance 30-8
-Can't help it 30-9
-Force nobody 30-10
-Strong steroids 30-11
-Against Tao 30-12
-Early end 30-13
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 30
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