A Quote From the Tao Te Ching: Verse 71

Quote From The Tao Te Ching

It is okay to not know sometimes.

This quote can apply to so many different things in life, so it is important to know that there is no one-right-way to decipher this principle, as it is subjective regarding the way in which it applies to each own’s individual journey. 

“There is nothing better than to know that you don’t know.”

To me this regards to the way in which we often deceive and even limit ourselves with the false conviction that we have to or should know something.  A lot of unnecessary suffering occurs when one convinces themselves that they are doing something wrong if they don’t know something. This is not to say that it is bad to seek out knowledge, but rather to highlight the fact that we should love ourselves even if we don’t have all the answers.

“Not knowing, yet thinking you know – This is sickness.”

The first thing that popped up in my mind after I read this line was the concept of the ego (Eckhart Tolle explains this concept beautifully in his book A New Earth). Sometimes, the ego is so set in a belief that it is right, that it won’t even entertain the thought that it might be wrong; that is to say that it is identified with the thought of “I know I am right”, even if that thought is false. 

Everything is constantly growing and changing, so there will always be more to learn.



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