Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 41

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 41

  • Different kinds of people have all kinds of different reactions to the Tao.
  • The most enlightened people hear about it and diligently practice it.
  • Your average person practices sometimes… but sometimes doesn't.
  • The lowest kind of person makes fun of it, like they do to everything they don't understand.
  • But if nobody made fun of it, it wouldn't be the Tao.
  • The true Tao is hard to understand and full of contradictions.
  • Very often it appears to be its opposite, or maybe it's made of opposites that exist at the same time.
  • This is why the true Tao is hidden and nameless.
  • What words could ever sum up something this complex?

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