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 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 words are pointless; the best walks are over hills which roll on forever, like in Galloway; the best sentences are those which express incompleteness.

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


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