It only feels natural to begin with Tao. I did not finish the book, until after 6, 7 years since first encounter and I keep on returning to it. A book like that cannot be read, anyway. Can only be felt, studied. For a very long time I thought that the first verse, if understood properly, would be enough to change the world as we know it. I often had the image of Lao Tzu, when stopped at the gate (as the story says), writing his first verse and then handing it in… writing the rest of “Tao” only at the other’s insistence. Why would he do otherwise? He did not want to write anything in the first place. And, secondly, if we “get” the message of this first verse in all it’s greatness, the rest is not necessary.