Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 64

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 64

  • First, we're advised to deal with small problems before they turn into big ones.
  • Then we're reminded that the biggest trees grow from small saplings and that the tallest towers start from heaps of dirt.
  • Also, the longest journeys start with the dirt beneath our feet.
  • So everything has to start somewhere, right?
  • Again, the TTC reminds us not to meddle too much or grasp too hard, or else we'll fail in what we try to do.
  • It's also important to put just as much energy into the end of a task as the beginning; otherwise, we'll fail for sure.
  • The sages desire not to desire.
  • They don't value things that are hard to get.
  • They try to help people, but they're always careful not to meddle too much in what's going on around them.

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