Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 76

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 76

  • This chapter begins by observing that dead things are dry and brittle, while living things are soft and flexible.
  • The TTC takes a lesson from this and say that we should live with flexibility.
  • If we are rigid and super set in our ways, then the world is going to break us.
  • An army that's inflexible will lose.
  • A rigid tree is easy to chop down.
  • So even though something might seem big and powerful, it's not nearly as powerful as something that's small and nimble.

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