Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thoughts on the Tao Te Ching 75

Poem 75

When taxes are too high,
people go hungry.

When the government is too intrusive,
people lose their spirit.

Act for the people's benefit.
Trust them; leave them alone.


It is very difficult to make any commentary on the above short poem because it is so simple, indeed simplistic might be a better word for it.  I am singularly disappointed in this short poem as it so lacking in depth and wisdom.  However, like the Bible or any other sacred text that one might take up one is delving into a mixed bag.  One cannot find much profundity here, and this is very untypical of this sequence of poems namely the Tao Te Ching. However, intrusiveness is a bad attitude in general to the dealings of people with people and most definitely with the dealings of a state with its citizens.  Indeed, a state should not put its nose into family life at all.  That goes without saying in the modern Western World.  If a government progresses with such respect for its people, it will not go too far wrong.  Surely the same should apply to churches, too?

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