title: Tao Te Ching 18 - When the Tao is forgotten
Book - Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Stephen Mitchell Translation
When the great Tao is forgotten,
goodness and piety appear1.
When the body’s intelligence declines2,
cleverness and knowledge step forth.
When there is no peace in the family,
filial piety begins.
When the country falls into chaos,
patriotism is born3.
Truly Good is Unconscious of Being Good
Intuition (implicit learning)
Patriotism is often used to manipulate
Ursula Le Guin
In the degradation of the great way
come benevolence and righteousness.
With the exaltation of learning and prudence
comes immense hypocrisy.
The disordered family
is full of dutiful children and parents.
The disordered society
is full of loyal patriots
Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo
Great Tao rejected: Benevolence and righteousness appear.
Learning and knowledge professed: Great Hypocrites spring up.
Family relations forgotten: Filial piety and affection arise.
The nation disordered: Patriots come forth.