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Knowing doesn't speak; speaking doesn't know. Those who hold on to the Tao possess it without letting go, embracing the world just as it is, unburdened by categorizations and judgments.

Chapter 56

Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know.
Close your mouth,
block off your senses,
blunt your sharpness,
untie your knots,
soften your glare,
settle your dust.
This is the primal identity.
Be like the Tao.
It can't be approached or withdrawn from,
benefited or harmed,
honored or brought into disgrace.
It gives itself up continually.
That is why it endures.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Sometimes, the greatest wisdom is found in silence, much like the character Silent Bob from Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob" series. Silent Bob, despite his quiet demeanor, often delivers profound insights when he chooses to speak. His silence isn't emptiness but a well of deep understanding that doesn't always need expression. His wisdom, like the Tao, isn't something to be gained or lost, honored or disgraced. It simply is.

Dudeism Abides

Just like The Dude, you gotta embrace the world as it is, man. Sometimes, the best knowledge comes from just being, not talking. Hold on to your rug, dude, it really ties the room together.

In silence, wisdom,
Unaffected by the world,
Enduring, like Tao.

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