The Man of Tao (free)

Adapted from The Way of Chuang Tzu by Thomas Merton

The man in whom Tao acts without impediment, harms no other being by his actions, yet he does not know himself to be kind, to be gentle.

The man in whom Tao acts without impediment does not bother with his own interests and does not despise others who do. He does not struggle to make money and does not make a virtue of poverty. 

He goes his way without relying on others and does not pride himself on walking alone. While he does not follow the crowd he won’t complain of those who do.

Rank and reward make no appeal to him; disgrace and shame do not deter him. He is not always looking for right and wrong, always deciding yes or no. The ancients said, therefore: 

“The man of Tao remains unknown. Perfect virtue produces nothing. No-self is true-self, and the greatest man is nobody.”

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