Monday, March 25, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 11, Part 21

Trey Smith

What is lowly and yet must be used - things. What is humble and yet must be relied on - the people. What is irksome and yet must be attended to - affairs. What is sketchy and yet must be proclaimed - laws. What seems to apply only to distant relationships and yet must be observed - righteousness. What seems to apply only to intimate relationships and yet must be broadened - benevolence. What is confining and yet must be repeatedly practiced - ritual. What is already apt and yet must be heightened - Virtue. What is One and yet must be adapted - the Way. What is spiritual and yet must be put into action - Heaven.
~ Burton Watson translation ~
There is only one universal constant in existence: Dao, the One, the Grand Mystery. The paradox is that the one constant is ever changing, transforming from this to that and back again.

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