Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 11, Part 23

Trey Smith

What is this thing called the Way? There is the Way of Heaven, and the way of man. To rest in inaction, and command respect - this is the Way of Heaven. To engage in action and become entangled in it - this is the way of man. The ruler is the Way of Heaven; his subjects are the way of man. The Way of Heaven and the way of man are far apart. This is something to consider carefully!
~ Burton Watson translation ~
The Way of nature is fluidity and flexibility. The way of humanity is to manipulate and control that which really can't be manipulated or controlled.

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