Lao Zi's Dao De Jing Demystified
The title of Lao Zi’s (Lao Tzu's) ancient book Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) means literally--A Classic about the Way of Nature and the Way of People. It aims to maximize your success, which is to obtain what you seek and escape what you suffer. Success is maximized by aligning the Way of People with the Way of Nature. The current study presents four English versions of increasing demystification. The first one is the Meta-translation version as developed in (Schade, Meta-translation Lao Zi's Dao De Jing (1-37), 2018) and (Schade, Meta-translation Lao Zi's Dao De Jing (38-81), 2018). However, Lao Zi’s poetic style, mysticism, metaphors, and synonyms are still inhibiting a clear understanding. The second one is the Clarification version, which is presented in parallel with the Meta-translation. That clarification increased the consistency of Lao Zi’s terminology, but significant chapters about Dao are still located in the De section and vice versa. Therefore, the third one is the Chapters Reorganized version in which the chapters are relocated to the Dao and De sections. Nevertheless, the text remains fuzzy, because several chapters relate to both sections. Therefore, the fourth one is the Sentences Reorganized version in which the sentences are sorted by topic. That version is the foundation for (Schade, Stunning Revelations about Lao Zi's Dao De Jing, 2017).