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Chapter 59 – In governing people and serving heaven, there is nothing better than moderation


In governing people and serving heaven, there is nothing better than moderation.
To be moderate is to follow Tao without straying. To follow Tao without straying is to become filled with good energy. To be filled with good energy is to overcome all things.

To overcome all things is to know that all things are possible.
She who knows that all things are possible is fit to govern people.
Because she is one with the mother, her roots go deep, her foundation stands firm, her life lasts long, her vision endures.

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2 Responses to “Chapter 59 – In governing people and serving heaven, there is nothing better than moderation”

  1. Frederick M. Olsen IIII says:

    As an isolated Daoist in Wisconsin, I appreciate this website very much. Thank you to everyone.

    The number 59 came to me, so I looked at this translation of verse 59.

    It is a good verse, but aren’t they all?

    If Mr Walker should read this, would you please give us a short explanation of why you chose to translate the words/concepts “moderate”, “moderation” and “good energy” as you did in this verse?

    I am not trying to trip you up– I’m just a Dao student. I only know a smattering of the modern Chinese languages do not know more than a handful of characters. From my travels and interaction with China I do know about the possible ambiguity in reading written characters, even for everyday people.

    It must have been a fascinating, absorbing, and personally rewarding task to write your translation of the Dao De Ching. I thank you deeply for your work.

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