The people make light of dyingIt's ironic that most of us say that we value our lives and yet we don't act like it! We smoke, drink, get stoned, overeat, and engage in all sorts of behaviors that shorten our limited time in this realm. Instead of nurturing this body and mind that have been bestowed upon us, we abuse them with abandon.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Why do the people think so little of death?
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
The people's disregard for death
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
People act like life is meaningless
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
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