Chapter 68: To Be Deserving of Heaven

It’s good to become a scholar and not a soldier.
It’s good to be a fighter and not indignant.
It’s good to be able to be victorious over your adversary but to give concessions to them.

Good servants act “under” or less-than.
(They do not strive to be more than they are.)

To speak of “living up to expectations” is to speak of “De” (or goodness and virtue).
To speak of servants is to speak of power.
To speak of deserving Heaven, is to speak of the extremely old.

Chapter 67: 3 Treasures

The world speaks of my Tao as great, but it seems unworthy.
Man alone is great but seems unworthy.
It seems similar, but time makes man precious!

I have 3 treasures to hold and defend.
The first is compassion.
The second is frugality.
The third is humility from worldly fame.

Compassion allows me to be brave.
Frugality allows me to spread my wealth.
Humility allows me to advance consistently.

Today, they give up compassion and bravery.
They abandon frugality but still spend.
They abandon Queenly behavior but still expect to advance!
They will surely die!

The compassionate man will be victorious even in battle,
because he will overcome hardness with its strength.
Heaven shall rescue him, because compassion guards him.

Chapter 66: After 9-11 a.m.

As a result of being subordinate,
the rivers and the sea may act as king
to 100 valleys according to the Tao.

To be Saintly, your first desires
must necessarily lay with the people,
in order to speak secondly of them;
Wanting to put the people first
sets a good example and is like a Queen.

To be Saintly, dwell first among the unimportant people.
Dwell early and do not do harm.

Yes, to be Worldly, laugh, refuse responsibility
without needing to loathe others.

By our shared failure to live up to expectations,
there is none in the world who may not take part in its struggle.

Chapter 65: Pure Virtue

The good ancients became Taoists,
not in order to understand the people,
but to prepare stupid people.

The people are a problem to control
because they have a lot of knowledge.

This is because in order
to have the knowledge to rule a nation,
the people of a nation will become thieves.

Take exception to knowledge to rule a nation,
and the nation will prosper.
(I guess the current Republican party knows what they’re doing!)

To know this, both sides also inspect form.
Constantly to be aware of form,
is to speak of mysterious goodness and virtue (Black De)
Mysterious virtue, long-lasting and profound.

To give what you have until you have nothing
is to be like an Empress and an elder sage and is most favorable.

Chapter 64: To Guard The Very Smallest

That which is at peace is simple to maintain.
It does not seek to change.

That which is brittle is easily melted.
That which is miniature is easily scattered.
Because it does not yet exist,
Control it in orderly enlightenment.

Join and surround it in wood.
To grow in a hair and end there;
9 layers it broadcasts.

To raise and accumulate the dust of
1000 neighborhoods, it is capable,
begin to be sufficient below.

Because of its worshipers,
Those who grasp at it, miss it.
To be with the saints, lack action.

Reason (Tao) lacks defeat,
lacks everyone’s grasp,
because it lacks a model or master.

The people, the Tao undertakes,
constantly at the small table,
to become accomplished and to be defeated.

It cautiously brings their endings
as it brings forth new beginnings.
To follow (the Tao) is to lack all loss in all things.

To be according to the saints,
desire not to desire
that which is precious, hard to come by, or a rare commodity.

Study, rather than being ignorant and incompetent,
and recover everyone’s place in life.

In order to assist the 10,000 things naturally,
without needing to do something, dare to become (who you are – a part of the Tao).

Chapter 63: Kind Act – Begin.

To do without doing,
To work without working,
To taste without tasting.
(This is the way of the Tao.)

A magnitude of how many will
have the need to announce complaint
in order to do what is good and virtuous?

Plan disaster at its change,
Act as doctor at its fragile side.

The world’s change must necessarily be regarded as simple.
The world’s major events must be regarded as delicate.

Yes, according to the saints,
one must not be too extreme in meting out large punishments,
because one must be capable of completing the larger lesson.

Yes, according to Saint Jew,
solving problems without solving problems is the final challenge.

Chapter 62: To Walk The Way

A “Taoist” of the 10,000 things is obscure.
A good man is a treasure not to be taken for granted,
instead he should be guarded.

Beautiful words may market his honor,
Beautiful behavior may add people to his fold.

Why do there have to be bad men?

Because to stand as first under heaven,
Even if there are three honorable men,
having hands folded in salute,
holding a piece of jade with a hole in the center,
first arriving with a team of 4 horses,
this is not as good as sitting to enter into The Way.

Ancient, as a result, precious, this Taoist — why?

Not speaking or seeking obtains The Way,
Guilty, in order to avoid The Way?
Reason: You are like all the land under heaven: precious.

By being of this world, you follow the Tao implicitly.

Chapter 61: Modest Virtue

A powerful person circulates downstream,
all the world is hers in which to make friends,
all the world is for women.

Women, in order to quiet victorious men,
act as the subordinate in order to create calm.

Thus a great power listens to small states,
And submits to them to gain power for themselves;
Small states under a great power
submit to such power to gain power (protection) for themselves.

Maybe because submissives get to choose (the safe word),
others choose to be lowly in order to rule.

A dominant state does no more than long
to double its livestock and people, while
a submissive state does no more than long
to serve its people.

Man contains both sides: the dominant and submissive state,
and both will obtain what is desired, if, and only if,
the dominant state learns to abase itself to the submissive.

Chapter 60: The Position Where You Reside

To control a power is like cooking small delicacies.

Because the way of official functions
in all the land under heaven is sly and crafty,
keep church separate from state.

By not mixing the sly and crafty,
with what is Godly,
God will not injure the people.

Just as God will not injure the people,
Sages will not injure the people.

Few men have anything to do with injuring the people.
Because goodness and virtue deliver and are likewise returned.

Chapter 59: Guarding The Tao

Controlling people’s work is heavenly.
There are none who are like the acquisitive (of the Tao).

For man to be acquisitive is to speak of early morning submission.
Early morning submission speaks of serious, long-standing goodness and virtue.
Serious, long-standing goodness and virtue lacks all restraint.

Lacking the ability to imitate, there is none who knows the limits of their greatness.
Because there is none who is aware of their very best,
no one is able to properly rule as the greatest at the national level.

To be the nation’s mother, rule may be possible for a long time.

Yes, to speak of profound basis, strong, solid, sure foundations,
Forever grow long roots to regard Her Tao.