Tao Tuesday: Chapter 19

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Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays?

I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

I am so excited to read what you wrote! It has been so fun for me to work with this material and I really got the depth when I started writing about it. It is my wish that you will find the same! (Plus some extra traffic to your blog!)

Don’t worry if you miss a week. Don’t worry if you just join us now and again. It is totally open. You can even go back to a previous chapter and post there. I will add each Tao Tuesday entry post to the List of Chapters page so you can read the other entries as you are reviewing all of the chapters.

We are all sages.

Chapter 19

Eliminate holiness
and abandon wisdom,
and everyone will benefit
a hundred times over.

Eliminate philanthropy
and proper behavior
and the people will return
to true devotion.

Eliminate cleverness
and abandon profits,
and thieves will disappear.

These three things
are false adornments.

Recognize the simplicity
of embracing one’s natural state of being.

Stop seeking knowledge
and you will remain above worry.

Setting aside
your self-interests and desires.

Read the essay on Chapter 19


If you haven’t participated yet, why not join us next week? We will be looking at Chapter 19 next week. Or, you can always start at the beginning and do the earlier ones. They are all linked up on the List of All Chapters page so they do get looked at later on by people stopping by.



  1. Again, thanks for the idea of Tao Tuesdays. I have again writen some of my thoughts.
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  2. No doubt that I find “holier than thou” and “true believers” annoying and pretentious, and encountering fewer of them would be of benefit to more people around this world.

    “Abandoning” and “eliminating” wisdom, philanthropy, proper behavior, and being clever seems an excessive demand for a Sage. That route seems unnatural. The wise person keeps an over reliance and worship of any “virtue” under check, restraint, and caution. Sometimes the anti-Confucian sentiment towards “conventional morality” makes sense, and at other times it seems crude, selfish, anti-social, and destructive. Overstatement can sometimes be both instructive and constructive; but we should not rely to much on this technique.

    Humility and minding your own business does have much merit.

    • Thanks for stopping by, Michael! How fun. I checked out your site and this is a great resource. Thanks so much for linking to your site. I am sure that will be fun for a lot of people who visit here. I like your line “the wise person keeps an over reliance and worship of any “virtue” under check, restraint and caution.” I think it helps us to remember when we are feeling superior to others that perhaps something has gotten out of balance. Wise words. I would have to disagree that humility and minding your own business does not have merit. I suppose, however, that there may be circumstances where that is true! lol…

  3. Hi Amy. I just saw your note on “Understanding the Tao.” Sure I would like to play with you. What do you mean when you say play?


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    • People often say “work with the Tao”, or “work with [insert something here]”. I prefer play! 🙂 Every week, I post Tao Tuesdays – I post a chapter of the Tao for people to read and post a link to what they have written about that chapter. If you look on my List of All Chapters page (see link at top of my site), you will see the Tao Tuesdays for all the weeks past. I am a little behind on posting the links for the more current chapters, but it would be fun to read your take on this great book as well and share it with my readers!

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