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The true nature of the Tao may seem paradoxical and challenging to grasp, but it is the source of all wisdom and achievement.

Chapter 41

When a superior person hears of the Way, they diligently practice it;
When an average person hears of the Way, they believe in it now and doubt it later;
When an inferior person hears of the Way, they laugh at it.
If they did not laugh, it would not be the Way.
Thus it is said:
The bright Way seems dim;
The progressive Way seems to retreat;
The smooth Way seems rugged;
The highest virtue seems like a valley;
The greatest purity seems tainted;
The broadest virtue seems insufficient;
The most stable virtue seems unsteady;
The truest substance seems changeable;
The greatest square has no corners;
The largest vessel takes the longest to complete;
The greatest sound has the faintest tone;
The greatest image has no form;
The Way is hidden and nameless.
Only the Way is good at beginning and completing things.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

The Tao often presents itself in ways that challenge our understanding, much like the Zen koans that encourage contemplation and growth. The paradoxical nature of the Tao can be seen in the iconic movie The Matrix, where Neo, the protagonist, must challenge his perception of reality to fully understand and harness the power of the Matrix. Embracing the seemingly contradictory aspects of the Tao enables us to tap into a deeper understanding of the universe and our place within it.

Dudeism Abides

The Way may seem confusing or contradictory, but it's the path to understanding and accomplishment.

Paradoxical,
The Way eludes perception,
Wisdom's source revealed.

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