March 23rd, 2013



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.
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.

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

Chapter 72

72.1 When the people are not awed by authority,
       then great authority is attained.
72.2 Their homes are not small to them,
       their livelihood not tiresome.
       Just because they do not tire of it,
       it is not tiresome to them.
72.3 Therefore sages know themselves
       but do not see themselves.
       They take care of themselves
       but do not exalt themselves.
       So they take one and leave the other.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation