Study Guide

Tao Te Ching Chapter 80

By Lao Tzu

Chapter 80

  • Small countries can be well-armed, but they shouldn't use their arms unless they absolutely have to.
  • Sounds like a "good defense is the best offense" kinda strategy, huh?
  • Just because the people have boats, chariots, weapons, and armor doesn't mean they ought to show them off.
  • They should just have them in case they need them.
  • The best thing is for people to live at peace in their homeland, enjoying their simple lives and customs.
  • Neighboring countries should live in harmony and not bug each other all the time.

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