Tao Te Ching

Verse Twenty Four – 24

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady.
He who strides cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show is not enlightened.
He who is self-righteous is not respected.
He who boasts achieves nothing.
He who brags will not endure.

According to followers of the Tao,
These are extra food and unnecessary luggage.
They do not bring happiness.
Therefore, followers of the Tao avoid them.

In this verse, Lao Tzu cautions against engaging in behaviors that are excessive, pretentious, or boastful. He uses various metaphors to illustrate the unstable and unsustainable nature of such actions. According to Taoist principles, these behaviors are considered to be excess baggage that does not contribute to a fulfilling life or bring happiness.

Instead, followers of the Tao are encouraged to avoid these actions, focusing on simplicity, humility, and living in harmony with the Tao. By doing so, they can achieve a more balanced and contented life.



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