Chapter 56: Mysterious De (Virtue/Morality)

For one who is aware (of the Tao),
(Acts of De) go without saying.

For one who speaks (of the Tao)
(Acts of De) occur unknowingly.

The unenlightened are quick to close their mouths and minds.

Acutely lower the tone,
explain it to the confused,
respond in singing like their earth,
to bespeak the mysterious alike…

One’s past cannot be permissive and dear like family.
It must not be proud or neglectful.
It must not be contented or overtly advantageous.
It must not be proper or cause harm.
It must not be ambitious or noble.
It must not be suitable or lowly.

One’s past serves as everything that makes one precious.

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