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  1. 1. Print Form Chapter 1 -What is the Tao?The "Tao" is too great to be described by the name "Tao". Original ChineseIf it could be named so simply, it would not be the eternal Tao.Heaven and Earth began from the nameless (Tao),but the multitudes of things around us were created by names.We desire to understand the world by giving names to thethings we see,but these things are only the effects of something subtle.When we see beyond the desire to use names,we can sense the nameless cause of these effects.The cause and the effects are aspects of the same, one thing.They are both mysterious and profound.At their most mysterious and profound point lies the "Gate ofthe Great Truth".Define SUBTLE cunning, wily, or crafty.....adjectiveDefine PROFOUND being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious.....adjectiveWhat are some ofthe positives that A positive affect of forgetting labels and names is that you wouldnt be able to judgeoccur when people people without knowing them. Another positive affect would be that it would makeforget about names going to high school and college more enjoyable. Forgetting labels and names wouldand labels? make everyone appear to be on an equal playing field.FILL THE SPACEWhat is a wordin our languagedifficult or A word in our language that is difficult to define is love. The definition for love is different forimpossible to everyone and is more of a personal opinion. In my opinion love is caring extremely aboutdefine and someones life.why?FILL THE SPACE
  2. 2. Chapter 5 Heaven and Earth dont play favorites They treat everything with equal detachment. Sages dont play favorites They treat good people and bad with equal detachment. Heaven and earth are like a set of bellows. Although empty, they are endlessly productive. The more you work them, the more they produce. The mouth, on the other hand, becomes exhausted if you talk too much. Better to keep your thoughts inside you.Define freedom from prejudice or partiality.....nounDETACHMENT a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in airDefine BELLOWS through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube......nounDefine SAGE a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.....nounHow canstudents behavemore like a setof bellows?FILL THE SPACEGive me onescenario whereit is better to besilent than tospeak. Explainwhy it isimportant to bequiet.FILL THE SPACE
  3. 3. CHAPTER 8 The highest excellence is like water. The excellence of water appears in its benefiting all things, and in its occupying, without striving. Hence its way is near to that of the Tao.Define HENCE as an inference from this fact; for this reason; therefore......adverbAccording tochapter 8,people shouldbe more likewater.Whatcharacteristicsdoes water havethat peopleshould attemptto adopt?FILL THE SPACE
  4. 4. Chapter 11 The thirty spokes unite in the center; but it is on the empty space (for the axle) that makes the wheel useful. Clay is fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness that makes its useful. The door and windows are cut out from the walls to form an apartment; but it is the empty space within that makes its useful. Therefore, it is the empty spaces that makes something useful.Define FASHIONED to give a particular shape or form to; make......verbPresent otherthings in theworld that areuseful becauseof theemptiness itcontains.FILL THE SPACE
  5. 5. Chapter 33 Intelligent people know others. Enlightened people know themselves. You can conquer others with power, But it takes true strength to conquer yourself. Ambitious people force their will on others, But content people are already wealthy. Prudent people will abide. People unconquered by the idea of death will live long.Define INTELLIGENT having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend......adjectiveDefine to give intellectual or spiritual light to; instruct; impart knowledge to......verbENLIGHTENEDDefine AMBITIOUS strongly desirous; eager......adjectiveDefine PRUDENT wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect.....adjectiveDefine ABIDE to put up with; tolerate; stand.....verbAccording to the Tao, it ismore important to beenlightened thanintelligent.Do you agree or disagreeand why?FILL THE SPACEReword this line into simplerterms a 6th grader couldunderstand. Patient and wise people will do what is told.Prudent people willabide.
  6. 6. Chapter 69 Military strategists have a saying: "Rather than act like the lord of the manor, I would rather behave like a guest. Rather than advance an inch, I would rather retreat a foot." The point of the saying is that you should: Advance upon them without going forward Seize their property without even bearing arms. Attack where there is no enemy. Prevail upon them without weapons. There is no greater disaster than to underestimate your enemy. If I did that, I would lose my 3 treasures (benevolence, frugality, never trying to be number one) In combat, the most reticent side will win.Define PREVAIL to succeed; become dominant; win out......verbDefine an act of kindness; a charitable gift......nounBENEVOLENCEDefine FRUGALITY prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful......adjectiveDefine RETICENT disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved....adjectiveDiscuss thereasons whetheror not you agreewith the followingline from Chapter69:Prevail upon themwithout weapons.FILL THE SPACE
  7. 7. Chapter 76 When alive, the body is supple, yielding. In death, the body becomes hard, unyielding. Living plants are flexible, In death, they become dry and brittle. Therefore, stubborn people are disciples of death, but Flexible people are disciples of life. In the same way, Inflexible soldiers cannot win (a victory). And the hardest trees are readiest for an axe to chop them down Tough guys sink to the bottom, while Flexible people rise to the top.Define SUPPLE bending readily without breaking....adjectiveDefine YIELDING inclined to give in; submissive; compliant.....adjectiveDefine UNYIELDING Not bending; inflexible.....adjectiveDefine DISCIPLE follower......nounThis entire chapteris a metaphor onhow people areeither like livingplants or deadtrees.How are peoplesimilar to supple,living plants andhard, dead trees?FILL THE SPACE