March 22nd, 2013



Knowing ignorance is strength.
Ignoring knowledge is sickness.

If one is sick of sickness, then one is not sick.
The sage is not sick because he is sick of sickness.
Therefore he is not sick.
If you know
what you don't know,
you're doing great.
If you don't know
what you don't know,
you're sick.

The only way
to get rid of that sickness
is to be sick of it.

The Masters aren't sick,
because they got sick of being sick.

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

Chapter 71

71.1 To know unconsciously is best.
       To presume to know what you don't is sick.
       Only by recognizing the sickness of sickness
       is it possible to be not sick.
71.2 The sages' freedom from ills
       was from recognizing the sickness of sickness,
       so they didn't suffer from sickness.
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation