Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 78

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 78

  • The TTC would like to remind us that water should be our role model.
  • Though is seems soft and weak, it can overcome anything, no matter how hard and strong the thing seems.
  • In the same way water slowly but surely wears down a mountain, we can achieve any task if we approach it softly and take our time.
  • The TTC claims that everybody in the world knows this is true, but that it's sometimes hard to put it into practice.
  • Our first instinct seems to be to fight fire with fire, rather than fire with water.
  • The chapter ends by telling us again that humility is the way to go.
  • Through humility we gain personal power.

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