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A life of simplicity, contentment, and peace is preferable. It's not about isolation, but about appreciating what you have, knowing your community, and living peacefully with your neighbours.

Chapter 80

Let your community be small, with only a few people;
Keep tools in abundance, but do not depend upon them;
Appreciate your life and be content with your home;
Sail boats and ride horses, but don't go too far;
Keep weapons and armour, but do not employ them;
Let everyone read and write,
Eat well and make beautiful things.
Live peacefully and delight in your own society;
Dwell within cock-crow of your neighbours,
But maintain your independence from them.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

It’s like "The Shire" from "The Lord of the Rings." The Hobbits live in peace, tending to their own affairs, and they are content. They are surrounded by their community, living simple lives, appreciating their homes and their food, not seeking adventures or battles. Yet, they maintain their weapons, they know how to use them, but they’d rather live peacefully. They live a life that is consistent with the teachings of the Tao.

Dudeism Abides

This chapter is like a manual for a Dude's paradise, man. It's about finding that sweet spot where you've got everything you need, but you're not too wrapped up in the rat race to enjoy it. Like the Dude, you're content with your rug, your drink, and your buddies. You're not out trying to conquer the world; you're just enjoying the world as it is, right in your own living room.

In your own sweet home,
Live like a Hobbit, in peace,
Joy in simple stone.

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