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Tao Te Ching; Chp. 43 - {vangbe'ghach}


ghaytan tlhInganpu'vaD taQlaw' qech'a'vam. reH vang tlhInganpu' net Sov. maq 
tlhIngan vIttlhegh: <<bI'IQchugh, yIvang!>> 'ach mIw'a' pabwI'pu'vaD 
(=taoists) potlh vangbe'ghach. maq paQDI'norghchaj: QapmeH nuv, ghaHDaq 
vangnIS mIw'a'. 'e' chaw'nIS nuv. vangchugh nuv, 'u' HoSmey buSHa'taHvIS, 

What could be more un-Klingon than the concept of non-action? Yet this is 
one of the key concepts of taoism. It does not mean being passive and 
literally doing nothing. Rather, it means doing nothing unnatural or 
artificial, in other words letting the forces of the universe work through 

The Chinese expression "wu-wei" is variously tranlated as " Non-Ado" (C.H 
Wu), " taking no action" (G. Henricks, L. Yutang), "no action" (D.C. Lau) " 
non-action " (Feng-English), "doing nothing (with a purpose)" (J. Legge), to 
provide just a few renditions.


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