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Reflections over no 48 of the Dao De Jing

I have long been puzzled by pasage 48 of the Dao De Jing. Since my occupation is within the world of education, I have
found it provocative. In GiaFu Feng and Jane English translation it goes:

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.
Less and les is done
until non-action is achieved.
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
It cannot be ruled by interfering.

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