That about sums it all up.
The enigmatic nature of the Tao Te Ching is due fundamentally to Lao Tzu’s realisation that we make sense of living by entering into it directly, not by trying to understand it as detached observers.
We cannot escape ourselves. To use a Zen metaphor, the sword cannot cut itself. Neither can we make sense of living through a haze of intellectual constructs; living is larger and more elusive than the systems we invent to explain it. So we never quite understand ourselves and the universe in which we live. The Tao is the freedom that comes with not-understanding.
At your disposal is the arsenal to destroy.
It is wisdom not to take aim.
Aware that you can devastate with a word;
the courage is not to speak.
Abuse of power is done so out of the fear;
acceptance of the inner battle disables the fear.
That is true power.