What do I mean by a True Man? The True Man of ancient times did not rebel against want, did not grow proud in plenty, and did not plan his affairs. A man like this could commit an error and not regret it, could meet with success and not make a show. A man like this could climb the high places and not be frightened, could enter the water and not get wet, could enter the fire and not get burned. His knowledge was able to climb all the way up to the Way like this.I read this snippet and the word that comes to my mind is authentic. When people are authentic, they don't put on airs. They don't try to be someone they are not. They are individuals who are comfortable in the own skin. And they make you feel comfortable about yourself whenever they are in your presence.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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