January 18th, 2013

goban
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8

The highest good is like water.
Water give life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the season.
No fight: No blame.
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"Doing the right thing" is like water.
It's good for all living things,and flows without thinking about where it's going

...just like Tao.

Keep your feet on the ground.
Remember what's important.
Be there when people need you.
Say what you mean.
Be prepared for anything.
Do whatever you can,
whenever it needs doing.

If you don't
compare yourself to others,
nobody can compare to you.
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The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

Chapter 8

8.1 Higher good is like water: the good in water benefits all, and does so without contention. It rests where people dislike to be, so it is close to the Way.
8.2 Where it dwells becomes good ground; profound is the good in its heart, benevolent the good it bestows. Goodness in words is trustworthiness,
8.3 goodness in government is order; goodness in work is ability, goodness in action is timeliness.
8.4 But only by non-contention is there nothing extreme.

  Translated by Thomas Cleary