Long ago, when the sage Yao governed the world, he made the world bright and gleeful; men delighted in their nature, and there was no calmness anywhere. When the tyrant Chieh governed the world, he made the world weary and vexed; men found bitterness in their nature and there was no contentment anywhere. To lack calmness, to lack contentment is to go against Virtue, and there has never been anyone in the world who could go against Virtue and survive for long.If I seem always to be anxious and in a tither, how can I expect others not to be likewise? How can I teach others calmness when calm is state that is missing from my own life?
~ Burton Watson translation ~
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