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Embrace simplicity and the natural way to truly benefit and guide the people.

Chapter 19

Give up sainthood, renounce wisdom,
And the people will benefit a hundred times over.
Give up kindness, renounce morality,
And the people will return to filial piety and compassion.
Give up cleverness, renounce profit,
And there will be no thieves and robbers.
These three are superficial and are not enough to guide people.
Thus, let people embrace simplicity, cherish the unadorned, and have few desires.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

In today's world, people often chase after external achievements, recognition, and status, but the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching teaches us that these pursuits may not lead to true contentment and harmony. By relinquishing our attachment to artificial constructs such as sainthood, wisdom, and morality, we can return to a simpler and more authentic way of living.
Embracing simplicity, cherishing the unadorned, and reducing our desires allows us to tap into our innate goodness and live in harmony with the natural order. As we let go of these superficial pursuits, we create space for genuine compassion, understanding, and inner peace to flourish.
In a sense, Chapter 19's lesson can be related to the Beatles' song "Let It Be." The lyrics encourage us to let go of the complexities and external pressures of life, and instead, trust in the natural flow of things. When we "let it be," we can reconnect with our true selves and experience the beauty of living in accordance with the Tao.
So, the key takeaway from Chapter 19 is to embrace simplicity and let go of artificial constructs in order to cultivate an authentic and harmonious way of living.

Dudeism Abides

By letting go of artificial constructs like sainthood, wisdom, and morality, and instead embracing simplicity and the natural way, people can rediscover their innate goodness and live harmoniously.

Leave constructs behind,
Embrace simplicity, pure,
Innate good revealed.

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