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    Imagery of The Tao

 The value of action and things is obvious, so Lao Tzu points out the value of inaction (restraint, patience, silence) and nothingness (frugality, simplicity) through the emptiness metaphor. Mentioned many times.

 

The uncut block of wood gets a lot of mentions as a symbol of being able to adjust to situations with no preconceived plan.   This is why I used wooden buttons and title on this web site.

 

Water is the most common image used in the Tao.  Flexible, always happy at the lowest level.  It can't be destroyed, yet it can overcome rocks and stones.   Often represents Yin.

Flame is used to contrast with water in Taoist images.   Always Yang.

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