January 15th, 2013

  • trevoke


Heaven and Earth are impartial;
They see the ten thousand things as straw dogs.
The wise are impartial;
They see the people as straw dogs.
The space between heaven and Earth is like a bellows.
The shape changes but not the form;
The more it moves, the more it yields.
More words count less.
Hold fast to the center.
Tao's neutral:
it doesn't worry about good or evil.
The Masters are neutral:
they treat everyone the same.

Lao Tzu said Tao is like a bellows:
It's empty,
but it could help set the world on fire.
If you keep using Tao, it works better.
If you keep talking about it,
it won't make any sense.

Be cool.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 5

5.1 Heaven and earth are not humane; they regard all beings as straw dogs.
5.2 Sages are not humane; they see all people as straw dogs..
5.3 The space between heaven and earth is like a bellows and pipes, empty yet inexhaustible, producing more with each movement.
5.4 The talkative reach their wits' end again and again; that is not as good as keeping centered.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation