February 11th, 2013

Tao Te Ching Meditation -- Chapter 38: Words And Acts.

Reading:

38.1 Higher virtue is not ingratiating;
       that is why it has virtue.
       Lower virtue does not forget about reward;
       that is why it is virtueless.
38.2 Higher virtue is uncontrived;
       and there is no way to contrive it.
       Lower virtue is created,
       and there is a way to do it.
38.3 Higher humanity is created,
       but there is no way to contrive it.
       Higher duty is done,
       and there is a way to do it.
      Higher courtesy is done,
       but no one responds to it;
       so there is forced repetition.
38.4 Therefore virtue comes after the loss of the Way;
       humanity comes after the loss of virtue,
       duty comes after the loss of humanity,
       courtesy comes after the loss of duty.
38.5 Manners mean loyalty and trust are thin,
       and disarray's beginning.
       Foresight is a flower of the Way,
       and the beginning of ignorance too.
38.6 Therefore great people dwell in the thick,
       not the thin.
       They abide in the substance,
       not the flower.
       So they leave the latter
       and take the former.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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