Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 20, Part 5

Trey Smith

"In Nan-yueh there is a city and its name is The Land of Virtue Established. Its people are foolish and naive, few in thoughts of self, scant in desires. They know how to make, but not how to lay away; they give, but look for nothing in return. They do not know what accords with right, they do not know what conforms to ritual. Uncouth, uncaring, they move recklessly - and this way they tread the path of the Great Method. Their birth brings rejoicing, their death a fine funeral. So I would ask you to discard your state, break away from its customs, and, with the Way as your helper, journey there."
~ Burton Watson translation ~
Since living like this would not promote anyone's survival, it would seem to me that the author is referring to the state of meditation. When the mind is cleared of all things, right and wrong hold no meaning.

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