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May200914

“No-business (wushi) ”
Dao de jing

The more prohibitions and taboos there are in the world,
The poorer the people will be.
The more sharp instruments in the hands of the common people,
The darker the days for the state,
The more wisdom hawked among the people,
The more that perverse things will proliferate.
The more prominently the laws and statutes are displayed,
The more widespread will be the brigands and thieves.

Hence in the words of the sages:

We do things noncoercively
And the common people develop along their own lines;
We cherish equilibrium
And the common people order themselves;
We are the non-interfering in our governance
And the common people prosper themselves;
We are objectless in our desires
And the common people are of themselves like unworked wood.

May200914

“The nameless and what is named”
Dao de jing

Wawy-making (dao) that can be put into words is not really way-making,
And naming (ming) that can assign fixed reference to things is not really naming.

The nameless (wuming) is the fetal beginnings of everything that is happening (wanwu),
While that which is named is their mother.

Thus, to be really objectless in one’s desires (wuyyu) is how one observes the mysteries of all things,
While really having desires is how one observes their boundaries.

These two– the nameless and what is named –emerge from the same source yet are referred to differently.

Together they are called obscure.
The obscurest of the obscure,
They are the swining gateway of manifold mysteries.

May200914

“Nonimpositional rulership”
Dao de jing

With the most excellent rulers, their subjects only know that they
are there,
The next best are the rulers they love and praise,
Next are the rulers they hold in awe,
And the worst are the rulers they disparage…
With all things accomplished and the work complete
The common people say, “We are spontaneously like this.”

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