February 28th, 2013

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The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.

I am good to people who are good.
I am also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.
I have faith in people who are faithful.
I also have faith in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.

The sage is shy and humble - to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child.
The Masters
don't make up their minds.
They turn their thoughts
to other people.

They are good to good people,
and they're good to bad people.
This is real goodness.

They have faith in the faithful,
and they have faith in the unfaithful.
This is real faith.

A Master throws himself
into the world completely,
forgetting everything he's been told.
People pay attention to him
because he lives a life of child-like wonder.

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

Chapter 49

49.1 Sages have no fixed mind;
       they make the minds of the people their mind:
49.2 they improve the good,
       and also improve those who are not good;
       that virtue is good.
49.3 They make sure of the true,
       and they make sure of the untrue too;
       that virtue is sure.
49.4 The relation of sages to the world is one of concern:
       they cloud their minds for the world;
       all people pour into their ears and eye,
       and sages render them innocent.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation