We are walking across England on the Coast-to-Coast Walk. Today we walk from St. Bees to Cleator.
We walk toward the Irish Sea from St. Bees, past the St. George statue and St. Bees statue.
I read Chapter 61 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“When a country obtains great power,
it becomes like the sea:”
We reach the beginning of the Coast-to-Coast Walk.
“Allstreams run downward into it.”
“The more powerful it grows,
the greater the need for humility.”
“Humility means trusting the Tao,
thus never needing to be defensive.”
“A great nation is like a great man:
When he makes a mistake, he realizes it.”
“Having realized it, he admits it.
Having admitted it, he corrects it.”
“He considers those who point out his faults
as his most benevolent teachers.”
“He thinks of his enemy
as the shadow that he himself casts.”
The walk turns inland and we walk toward Cleator.
“If a nation is centered in the Tao,
if it nourishes its own people”
We leave the shoreline and see an unusual sculpture and a mile marker for the Coast-to-Coast Walk (there are relatively few markers). Most people walk with the guidebook directions in their hands and consult the directions frequently.
“and doesn’t meddle in the affairs of others,
it will be a light to all nations in the world.”