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Cultivating virtues in oneself, family, community, country, and the world creates enduring and universal goodness.

Chapter 54

The well-established cannot be uprooted.
The well-embraced cannot be taken away.
Descendants will carry on the ancestral rituals.
Cultivate it in yourself, and that virtue is real.
Cultivate it in the family, and that virtue is abundant.
Cultivate it in the community, and that virtue is enduring.
Cultivate it in the country, and that virtue is plentiful.
Cultivate it in the world, and that virtue is universal.
Therefore, through self, observe self;
Through family, observe family;
Through community, observe community;
Through country, observe country;
Through world, observe world.
How do I know the world is like this?
Because of this.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

The teachings of this chapter remind me of the words of Michael Jackson in his song "Man in the Mirror": "If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change." Just like MJ's lyrics, the Tao encourages us to start with self-improvement, and from there, the positive effects will ripple outward. We cultivate virtue in ourselves, and it becomes real. We cultivate it in our family, and it becomes abundant. And so on, until it becomes universal.

Dudeism Abides

Cultivate good vibes, man. It starts with you and ripples out.

Cultivate virtue,
From self to the world's stature,
Universal, pure.

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