Dao De Jing Chapter 80 (public)


Small countries have few people

Though there are many tools

The people do not use them

They feel the weight of death

And do not leave their homeland


Though there are boats & wagons

Nobody rides them

Though there are armor & weapons

Nobody displays them


Allowing the people to repeatedly use knotted cord*


Sweet their food

Beautiful their clothing

Peaceful their dwellings

Joyful their customs


Neighboring countries see one another

Hearing the sounds of one another’s chickens & dogs

The people grow old and die

Never having come or gone


(*Knotted cord refers to ancient practices of observation, divination, and calibration – a form of record-keeping and communication predating written language.  Coding information (spirit) into material form as a means of managing everyday human affairs.)