In this chapter Lao Tzu describes what he thinks and how he feels after the truth of existence and the dynamics of the universe were revealed to him. This makes me think of the phenomena that occur after swallowing the proverbial red pill. These phenomena are either described as the red pill rage or the red pill malaise. When I look at the way Lao Tzu describes himself I think that the red pill malaise is more suitable. He doesn’t sound very happy. But he doesn’t sound angry either.
Swallowing the red pill in regards to human nature is quite different than discovering the metaphysical truth, yet there are similarities. One of these similarities is that the stuff that made you joyous or angry before, does nothing to you now.