Consider this short stanza:

But if you cannot find
Friend or master to go with you,
Travel on alone –
Like a king who has given away his kingdom,
Like an elephant in the forest.


The king has given away his kingdom. Why is this?

Picture the elephant in the forest... huge, strong, powerful, noble. Yet concealed.
Instead of revealing its power, the elephant prefers solitude and obscurity.

Does responsibility/authority limit you? Does it curtail your freedom?
Is a ruler a prisoner of their own office?

This theme is echoed throughout taoism and is central to the art of taijiquan.
Position and power are regarded as being weak and needy.
True strength is found in other things. It does not rely upon approval or support.
It is found within.

Clinging to a position of so-called 'power and authority' binds you, and blinds you.
Holding onto status requires effort.
Taoism is about letting-go.

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