Tao Te Ching Day 77: Who’s Asking?

Therefore the sages:

Know themselves but do not glorify themselves

Respect themselves but do not praise themselves

Thus they discard that and take this.

TTC 72 (Lin)

Why are we to know thy self and not glorify ourselves?

Why are we to respect ourselves and not praise ourselves?

And, what is discarding that and taking this referring to?

Three questions that will be answered on today’s episode of:

Tao, according to some guy on the internet 🌐.

Welcome to the show that everyone is talking about. Where we take the Tao Te Ching and bring out the most significant parts of it so that your life will be better and more exquisite than a latex coat on a fox.

Knowing ourselves means that we have an insight into our nature that can not be attained through the illusioned giving of outside wonders.

We are to know ourselves and not glorify ourselves as we see that others that have glorified themselves create enemies, jealousy, and greed for what they possess. Yet what we possess that makes us worthy of envy can not be stolen. It can only be hated and to be hated for what you are is to bring disgrace to the Tao. We are as we are; to vainly flaunt is a fool’s game.

In the same way, respecting ourselves, we have no need for praise from ourselves or others as we are in full awareness that what we are and have is a gift not to be praised or flaunted but to be cultivated and given freely as it was given to us.

The reference to “that and this.” That refers to something other, past, future, any external thing. This refers to the here and now. It refers to the very nature of all things at this moment. That is not real; only “This” is real. Take this moment and be fully in it.

Well, there you have it. Three questions were asked and answered of the Tao Te Ching from some guy on the internet.

I want to thank everyone for reading; I would also like to thank the internet for allowing me to say pretty much anything that comes to me and put it out for people to read.

Happy Day.


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

One thought on “Tao Te Ching Day 77: Who’s Asking?

  1. This or that…this or that…who’s a black sheep…
    For real tho…you have a way of explaining things that’s amazing. You should be a game show host for this
    “I will take confusing words of the Tao for 1000, Matt” 😄

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