Some of you might be aware that I'm fascinated by metaphysics, or "things beyond". I love the wisdom of Taoist philosophy and mysticism, and I really want to share it with my fellow Grasscitizens. So let me include a segment of the introduction that Ralph Alan Dale wrote for his modern translation of the ancient Tao Te Ching, authored by the mystical Lao Tzu (Master Lao) over 2400 years ago in China: I'll post a few verses each day, in the standard order. There are 81 verses all told. Enjoy, and feel free to discuss lines, ideas, whole verses, anything. Even feel free to share alternative translations. If I see any good alternate translations, I'll share them as well. I love feedback and this is one of my favorite topics.