Stewart Brand, editor of The Whole Earth Catalog, called the Tao Te Ching a cybernetic holy book. It is the second-most translated book in the world, and it deals with issues of communication, control, and complexity. I have read several translations, and found Ursula Le Guin's among the more poetic. Robert G. Henricks and D.C. Lau have also done wonderful versions of this classic.
When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully -- the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.