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Straying from the simple, modest path of Tao leads to excess, imbalance, and societal inequality.

Chapter 53

If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and my only fear will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy,
But people love to be sidetracked.
When the court is arrayed in splendor,
The fields are full of weeds,
And the granaries are bare.
Some wear gorgeous clothes,
Carry sharp swords,
And indulge themselves with food and drink;
They have more possessions than they can use.
They are robber barons.
This is certainly not the way of Tao.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

This chapter brings to mind the tragic fall of Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars". Anakin strays from the simple path of the Jedi, lured by power and the promise of control. He trades in his humble Jedi robes for the menacing armor of Darth Vader, his excess and imbalance leading to chaos and suffering. Like Anakin, those who stray from the path of the Tao, who seek more than they need and indulge in excess, they too create imbalance and inequality.

Dudeism Abides

Stick to the main road, man. Don't get sidetracked by shiny stuff.

Main road, simple path,
Stray not towards the shiny wrath,
Less leads to Tao's bath.

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