Verse 19 The Paradoxes of Returning to the Great Integrity
Banish the intellectual!
We will all benefit a hundredfold!
Eliminate all institutions of charity and justice!
We can then return
to our natural love for each other.
Let everyone be released
from our addictions to shrewdness and profit!
Then, thievery will disappear!
These three negate the Great Integrity.
But to negate these negations is insufficient.
Three affirmations are also necessary.
The first is to embrace simplicity and integrity.
The second is to consume only the needs of our body and soul.
The third is to allow our love and concern for others to define our essentiality.
"The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation"
By: Ralph Alan Dale
Published by 'Sahy' It Aloud