Its firmest virtue seems but poor and low;Following up on yesterday's entry, when we don't spend our energy beating our own drum -- self-promotion -- we come off as being weak. Our society values the go-getter, the type of person that runs over others to claim the prize!
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
The strength of Virtue seems frail;
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Building virtue appears inactive
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
The greatest strength
looks like weakness.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
It's an adversarial system. We are in competition with each other and the pearls go to those who will reach out to snatch them.
Those that refuse to play this game -- to seek community and consensus rather than individuality and competition -- are considered frail and pathetic losers.
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