Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 77

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 77

  • We begin by using a simile to say that the Tao is like drawing a bow.
  • If the arrow is pointed too low, you have to raise the bow to compensate, and vice versa.
  • Everything has to be perfectly balanced in order for it to hit its mark.
  • The Tao naturally balances everything.
  • When something becomes excessive, it reduces it.
  • When something is reduced, it fills it up again.
  • Unfortunately, people sometimes act against this idea.
  • They reward excess with more excess and deficiency with more deficiency.
  • You could apply this concept to that whole "rich get richer, while the poor get poorer" idea.
  • People who have the Tao give whenever they have an excess of anything.
  • And, of course, they never brag about anything they give.
  • They give humbly and expect nothing in return.

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