Although they have boats and chariots
They have no need to take them
Although they have armors and weapons They have no need to display them
Let the people return to tying knots and using them
Savor their food, admire their clothes
Content in their homes, happy in their customs
Neighboring countries see one another
Hear the sounds of roosters and dogs from one another
The people, until they grow old and die
Do not go back and forth with one anotherTTC 80 (Lin)
We see a Utopia in a dream world of the Tao Te Ching. A place of forever peace and contentment.
When asking how is this possible or is it possible, remember those times when you have known peace and contentment. The reality is the utopia, the heaven, the paradise we envision does exist right now.
Eternity is happening now. Heaven is happening now. The choice is ours to make. It doesn’t matter the weapons or the war outside if there is no peace within, there will never be peace outside.
I believe Lao Tzu was describing his internal world the way he experienced the world even in a time of war and strife.