Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 18, Part 5

Trey Smith

I take inaction to be true happiness, but ordinary people think it is a bitter thing. I say: perfect happiness knows no happiness, perfect praise knows no praise. The world can't decide what is right and what is wrong. And yet inaction can decide this. Perfect happiness, keeping alive - only inaction gets you close to this!
~ Burton Watson translation ~
I would express this idea a little differently. Happiness is marked by great highs and lows, but the content individual is better able to stay on an even keel...never too high and never too low.

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