Tao Te Ching
THE TAOISM OF LAO TZU
Fake Lao Tzu Quote
"Be content with what you have..."
This is NOT a quote from Tao Te Ching:
"Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."
I have no problem with the first sentence of this quote, and neither would Lao Tzu. Chapter 80 of Tao Te Ching describes his ideal world and it is indeed a place where people are at peace with what they have and "rejoice in their daily life," even to the point that they don't ever feel the need to leave their habitat (my version):
He was not the only one in ancient China to reject the idea of someone taking possession of the world. I dare say that all the thinkers of that era would have agreed whole-heartedly. The world was not something on which any human being could make a claim.
That hubris belongs to our time, and costs both us and the world dearly. In past eras, the earth was regarded as a place for human beings to find their places, not something to conquer. None would even dream it could be done.
In spite of the above, the quote examined here is from a version of Tao Te Ching, the very popular one by Stephen Mitchell from 1988. It is the end of chapter 44. As often with Mitchell, his wording deviates quite a lot from other versions. Here is mine:
September 13, 2020.
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