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Chuang Tzu On The Need To Win

The Need to Win

When an archer is shooting for nothing He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind.

His skill has not changed, But the prize
Divides him. He cares,
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win
Drains him of power.”

― Thomas Merton, The Way of Chuang Tzu
Tags: chuang-tzu, perspective, taoism
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