(or: The Consultant Doesn’t Get Out Much)

Without leaving your door,
know the world.
Without looking out the window
know the Way of Heaven.
The farther you go,
the less you know.

Therefore the Consultant
can elicit the requirements without travelling,
can write the code without setting eyes on the client,
can complete the project with a minimum of hassle.


chapter notes:

Whatever the ancient virtues of staying put might be, telecommuting is the obvious modern target for this chapter.

I find it interesting that only here, in the entire book, is knowledge spoken of as something to be sought. So, if escaping knowledge is an essential Daoist virtue, one could read this chapter in reverse, and count travel as beneficial, after all.