Symbolism holds great power. Burn a national flag or throw it on the ground and you will outrage many. Yet, what is this flag? Colored cloth. Many things are symbolic of one thing or another. A wedding ring is symbolic in the sense that it means a person is married and should be true to the one they have married. However no wedding ring has prevented someone from seeking an affair with another person. The symbolism is lost, ignored. The ring is easily slipped into a pocket or purse. It holds only intrinsic power and that power is easily brushed off unlike that of some superhero. The Dao isn’t really symbolic of anything yet it symbolizes all things. Its power cannot be ignored or dismissed. Those who run contrary to the Dao will soon be run over by it. It cannot be defeated.