The sense organs, which are limited in scope and ability, randomly gather information. This partial information is arranged into judgments, which are based on previous judgments, which are usually based on someone else's foolish ideas. These false concepts and ideas are then stored in a highly selective memory system.
More Quotes from Lao Tzu:Be the chief but never the lord.
If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
There are three layers to the universe. In the lower, Tai Ching, and the middle, Shan Ching, the hindrance of a physical bodily existence is required. Those who fail to live consistently in accord with the Tao reside here. In the upper, Yu Ching, there is only Tao the bondage of form is broken, and the only thing existing is the exquisite energy dance of the immortal divine beings.
He who does not trust enough, Will not be trusted.
The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.
We put thirty spokes to make a wheel But it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges. We make a vessel from a lump of clay But it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful. We make doors and windows for a room But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable. Thus, while existence has advantages, It is the emptiness that makes it useful.
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