Dao De Jing 79 – Hatred mediate vs. not arising
Mediate big hatred, and there is always some residual hatred; how could it be a good?
-> When we harm or take advantage from someone, we create a debt to them. Even though we pay back and hope to “get even” later, the fact of hurting remains.
Therefore saints holding a debt note, but do not chase after the debtor.
-> Even if someone own and hurt ourselves, we can stop the hatred by forgiving.
Those with virtue are like debt note owner, those without virtue are like debt collector.
-> When one forgives, there is no need to getting back, and therefore the wheel of hatred stops.
Heaven is not close to anyone, yet it helps the goods.
-> Kindness attracts kindness, hatred attracts hatred. That’s how the universe works. Universal justice is impartial.
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Chapter 79 Discussion:”
“怨怨相报何时了？Is there an end if we keep going after each other’s wrongdoings?” An eye for an eye, and the whole world blind. Laozi, like other great teachers in the world, suggest forgiveness. Forgive, and hatred stops. Forgive, and there is no need to getting even to each others. In mutual understanding and forgiveness, others are spared, our self is spared, and the whole world lighter.
Bilingual version of Ch79: https://www.lisiming.net/chinese-philosophy/daoist/daoist-philosophy/dao-de-jing-core-33-chapters/ddj55-79/