Upon first glance, a page out of the
is a riddle wrapped up in an
They are seemingly filled with paradoxical language and leave you wondering
what exactly you just read.
The key, however, seems to lie in perspective.
interpretation of a chapter from a western perspective will only serve to further confuse a
I have found that the best way to look at things is to read the meaning behind the
meaning, so to speak.
Much of these topics are presented in metaphorical language that
is hard to interpret, as well.
In reading the other chapters of the text, however, one can
find common themes, such as those handled in chapter forty two, throughout.
forty two of the
deals with a multitude of issues in the relatively small amount
of words that it uses.
This chapter discusses the infiniteness of the Dao, or the Way, and
its role in world.
In addition to this, these lines cover the areas of government
involvement as well as the issue of violence and its consequences.
however, chapter forty two displays and emphasizes the ideal of balance, within oneself
as well as in one’s surroundings, and the practice of simplicity through the concept of
, or non action.
Overall, chapter forty two seems, most of all, to be emphasizing
the role of balance in accord with nature, as a path of the Dao.
In the opening lines of chapter forty two, the statement is made that, “The Way
produces the One. / The One produces two. / Two produces three. / Three produces the
In this, the Way refers to the Dao and the natural “force” that
seems to motivate and fill all things.
The “One”, then, is probably the image of the Way,
or the closest we can get to the force or energy that we designate the word, Dao, to.
“Two” most likely refers to the qi, or vital energies, made up of yin and yang that are