Tao Te Ching is not a religious or philosophical book. It is an attempt to explain something that eludes explanation.
This may sound absurd.
However, imagine trying to explain 'love' to somebody...
It is not that easy.
Love is not a thought. It is not a word. It is a feeling.
Now, try to explain 'wind'...
Wind exists but can we feel it?
Do we feel wind itself or the air and dust particles moved by wind?
'The way' must be felt without intellectualisation. It must be seen through its effects.