Now, we get what seems like a lecture on overstimulation.
We're told "the five colors" make us blind, "the five sounds" make us deaf, and "the five flavors" make us not able to taste anything.
You could most definitely interpret this other ways, but this could be warning us that indulging too much in the senses eventually ruins your enjoyment of them.
Like if you eat pounds of chocolate every day, eventually you want to puke whenever you see a bag of M&Ms.
Next, we're warned that racing and hunting can make us crazy.
We're guessing this isn't meant literally.
Instead, the TTC is warning us that it's a bad idea to be over-competitive and to constantly be searching for something.
This chapter wraps us by telling us that the sages care for "the stomach not the eyes" (12.6).
Like everything in the TTC, this could mean a billion things, but our theory is that it thinks we ought to focus on finding a deep sense of wellbeing, rather than worrying only about the superficial stuff we can see with our eyes.