Tao Te Ching II – “the teaching that uses no words.”

…the sage keeps to the deed that consists in taking no action and practises the teaching that uses no words.

The sage grasps that there are no points which are not also pointless, like a black hole; there is no peak which is not also a slope; there is no full stop which is not followed, somewhere, by a capital letter. Therefore the sage makes no points, pursues no peaks, and does not come to an end with his teaching.

The best jokes are pointless, like the 100m for people with no sense of direction; the best walks are over hills which roll on forever, like in Galloway; the best lessons are those which end with a question.

“It is because it lays claim to no merit/ That its merit never deserts it.”


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