November 24th, 2009

Chapter seventy-two: The right fear

When we don't fear what we should fear
we are in fearful danger.
We ought not live in narrow houses,
we ought not do stupid work.

If we don't accept stupidity
we won't act stupidly.
So wise souls know but don't show themselves,
look after but don't prize themselves,
letting the one go, keeping the other.

Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching.
Interpreted by Ursula K. Le Guin
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When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.

Do not intrude in their homes.
Do not harass them at work.
If you do not interfere, they will not weary of you.

Therefore the sage knows himself but makes no show,
Has self-respect but is not arrogant.
He lets go of that and chooses this.
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When you show no fear at all,
the universe gives you something
to really be afraid of.

Don't try to fence people in
or grind them down.
Just let them be,
and they'll always be on your side.

The Masters know themselves,
but they don't reveal themselves.
They love themselves,
but they know
what their lives are worth.
They let go of all that
to concentrate on this.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.