Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 34

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 34

  • Again, the Tao is compared to water; this time it's compared to a flood that can flow around any object it comes into contact with.
  • All living things depend on the Tao to exist, but the Tao doesn't take credit for it.
  • It doesn't try to rule over us; it feeds us without demanding anything.
  • The Tao doesn't desire anything, and since it doesn't make a big deal about itself it's easy to not notice it.
  • Everything returns to it, though, making it great.
  • Of course, it doesn't think of itself as great, which is the thing that makes it greatest of all.
  • Our two cents is that this chapter is again advising us to be humble, selfless, and to try our best to help out those around us.

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