Dao De Jing Essay

Dao De Jing Essay - Robert England HON 111 Week 10 One of...

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Robert England HON 111 – Week 10 One of Laozi’s most famous sayings in the Dao De Jing is the first line of the 60 th stanza: “Rule a great state as you cook a small fish.” A small fish was best prepared by the cook barely touching it as it was heated; therefore, the phrase is widely believed to mean, “Everything runs best when it is left alone.” The phrase seems to be the focal point of Laozi’s teachings, for Laozi promoted peace and equality, and the statement suggests leaving conflicts and struggles alone. This same idea appears throughout the text, referring to anything from kingdoms and villages to war and peace. It is in this one line that the reader can understand most what Laozi was writing about. In a number of places, the Dao De Jing claims that weakness leads to strength. Stanza 22 suggests “Do not advance and thus succeed, Do not assert and thus preside.” Inactivity brings forth success, and by not working someone can reap the rewards. Laozi’s use of the fish’s home territory, the water, expands this point.
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