Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 59

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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 59

When managing people and serving Heaven,
nothing is better than moderation.

True moderation is based on early habits.
Early habits develop strong virtue.
Strong virtue means you can overcome any difficulties.
Overcoming any difficulties means no limitations.

Without limits one can maintain a nation.
The source of one’s virtue can help nations to endure.

This is called deep roots and a firm foundation –
the path of Tao.


Read the essay on Chapter 59    

If you haven’t participated yet, why not join us next week? We will be looking at Chapter 60 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. Another wonderful interpretation. I sympathise with the last so honest paragraph about writing the blog. I feel my computer is taking the flak of my online accumulations, frighteningly heating up like a stressed person, and forcing me to tidy out large bits of junk dumped and neglected in it before it has a breakdown! Maintenance habits are easy to overlook for emergencies, but then it’s usually too late: regular and moderate virtue is what supports endurance. Nice! : )
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    • Depending on what kind of computer it is, that heat build up can be as simply corrected as by turning it off, letting it cool down and then blowing compressed air into the vents. The heat can build up when dust builds up inside. It can also mean a fan problem if there is sufficient noise to go along with the heat. Just sayin’. In my day job, I fix computers! 🙂

  2. Oh I love this…deep roots and a solid foundation is so powerful in any situation.
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  3. Amy, I don’t see your Mr. Linky so here is the link to my thoughts on this chapter: http://ralstoncreekreview.com/chapter-59-storing-virtue/

    Speaking of fixing computers, here is a story you may find amusing, interesting or sad:

    I have a Toshiba laptop that I have used for quite a few years now. A couple of years ago I started getting weird coloring on the screen. I had someone look at it and was told that the screen was going out. I decided to keep using it until it actually quit working. It took awhile, but finally back in June it went out completely. I talked to the same guy and he told me it could be replaced, and would take about 4 days, so I told him to to do it.

    Four days later, he called and told me the new screen had come in, but it was the wrong part. It plugged in on the left and mine required plugging in on the right. He ordered the correct part and after a few days he called and said the screen had been replaced, but the problem was not solved. He had determined that the problem was actually the part that converts the power supplied to the screen.

    He ordered that part. It took more days and finally it was received and replaced, but the probem was still not resolved His next guess was the cord connecting the screen to the computer. For some reason it took a long time to get that cord (I guess Toshiba no longer carries these parts so they need to be purchased on the after market), and then there was some problem I don’t understand with UPS being unable to deliver the package to him.

    Well, finally he received and replaced the cord – and again it did not resolve the problem. He spoke with the tech people at Toshiba who said that the problem is actually with the graphics processing unit and it can’t be fixed.

    A little over 7 weeks after this repair tragedy began, I got my computer back. The screen works now, but the colors are still a little weird like they were two years ago.

    However, now the network adapter won’t work, a number of programs won’t open and MS Word won’t open any of my documents because it says they contain some unknown error.

    I passed all that information on to the repair person. He said there is probably an easy fix, but he needs to look at it. He is coming over to the house to do that on Monday – but I don’t think I will let him take it back to the shop.

    “Adopt the pace of Nature; her secret is patience.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    • Hey Louis,

      I am sorry about my delayed response, but I felt a reply was in order here. Sounds like you had some kind of computer adventure! This is how I see it: there is a cost to repair, which is generally the cost of hiring a human to do stuff. Then there is the cost to replace the parts. Then there is the hidden cost of having no computer for said time. Compare all of this to the lowering cost of going out and buying a new one with much better everything. Some of the time, the latter outweighs the former – but not as much as people often think. In our society, we just toss stuff without even trying to fix it. I commend you for trying, but I might give it up at this point.

      I drive a car with 217,000 miles on it. This last road trip it was running kinda rough. Do I get a new car or try and keep this old one running until it dies? Hard to say. Sometimes you just have to try one path and see what happens. I think, in your case, the other path may have been preferable. You can buy used computers too, but the new ones are so cheap these days compared to their ancestors. The prices are always going down. That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth. Screens are pricey to fix and apparently not always that predictable an outcome.

      • I guess I should finish the story. The computer guy came over on Monday and didn’t know what was wrong. He thought the problem with the Word documents might be resolved if I ran the “Reconfigure Office” program or utility. He started that going and said it would take a little while to finish, so he left.

        When Reconfigure Office finished, there was a message on the screen that I needed to restart the computer to finish installing a Windows update. I did that and when it restarted there there was a message that Windows Defender had removed one malware file.

        I then tried Word and it opened files correctly. I saw that the icon on the bottom of the screen said I was connected to the internet. I tried opening a browser and found that my network adapter had also been fixed and I was connected to the internet.

        In short, everything works again, except the abnormal coloration that has been a problem for the past two years.
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        • Glad to hear it, Louis! Say – I read your post on #60 but wondered if I could say anything as witty as you two so I stayed quiet! 😉 You two are amazing. I would just love to watch you banter on live television like the old coots on The Muppet Show. That would be good television. (That does NOT mean that you two are old coots.)

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