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Remaining in harmony with the Tao is like being a newborn: open, innocent, and in balance. It's about knowing when to act and when to remain still, understanding the constancy of life's rhythms.

Chapter 55

He who is filled with Virtue is like a newborn child.
Wasps and serpents will not sting him;
Wild beasts will not pounce upon him;
He will not be attacked by birds of prey.
His bones are soft, his muscles weak,
But his grip is firm.
He has not experienced the union of man and woman, but is whole.
His manhood is strong.
He screams all day without becoming hoarse.
This is perfect harmony.
Knowing harmony is constancy.
Knowing constancy is enlightenment.
It is not wise to rush about.
Controlling the breath causes strain.
If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows.
This is not the way of Tao.
Whatever is contrary to Tao will not last long.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

This chapter of the Tao Te Ching brings to mind the resilience and determination of Andy Dufresne, the main character in Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," which was later adapted into the film "The Shawshank Redemption." Much like the newborn child mentioned in this chapter, Andy, despite being imprisoned and surrounded by despair, manages to maintain his virtue and hope. His strength isn't physical but rather a firm grip on his own spirit and vision for the future. He doesn't rush; instead, he patiently chips away at his cell wall, a symbol of his journey toward enlightenment.

Dudeism Abides

Stay in harmony, man. Don't rush about. Be cool.

Newborn's strength inside,
Patience, harmony aligned,
In Tao, we abide.

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