zhì (至)

literally means “to, or until;” Zhì (至) is used in the important expression zhìdào (至道), which is often rendered into English as “Perfect, Ultimate, or Supreme Dào.” In both cases it means the progression or process by which one approach some ideal, rather than the endpoint of that process. That is, the meanings of both zhì (至) and dao (道) convey the idea of an ongoing path, rather than a destination. According to Shuōwén, zhì (至) is a pictogram of a bird diving into water to ‘strike’ (that is, catch) a fish, and thereby feed him/herself or perhaps even family/children; thus, it refers to focused and persistent attention or effort; in Sùwèn 13.3, it appears to mean that thieving wind will continue doing what it does (disrupt and penetrate) until it is stopped, which one with sufficiently compromised wèiqì (衛氣) cannot do.
The title of Sùwèn 75 presages an expression at the end of the Thunder Duke’s first response to the Yellow Emperor, where he expresses his desire to receive further teachings, so he can treat patients more effectively and to make the teachings received from our elders — jiāo (教) concerning Chinese medicine explicit enough to write a book — zhù (著).

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