Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-4 Mercy

Today's Tao

The highest mercy is doing it and leaving no trace of the act. (Ch.38)

"I am doing something good for humanity."

"I am helping poor children."

Some people want to show off their mercy.

Even though you are able not to show your virtue, can you avoid thinking that you are acting some kind of mercy?

Mercy isn't mercy the moment you think it's merciful.

"Heaven and earth have no mercy. They treat everything as straw dogs" (No mercy 5-1)

Mercy is not natural because you judge that it is good.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 38

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-«Kokoro» is supposed to be translated as mind or heart. Is mind the same as heart? Lots of things are missing in translation, aren't they? This is the last book of Soseki's later triptych. Daisetz Suzuki seems to have had a hard time translating the word "kokoro" as well.

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